A KCPE candidate is sitting her exams in a maternity ward in Elgeyo Marakwet County after she gave birth on the first day of the national examinations on Tuesday.

The Kapyego Primary school candidate developed labour pains while sitting her mathematics paper in the morning. She was rushed to the neighbouring Kapyego health centre where she continued with the test before successfully delivering her baby late in the afternoon.

Marakwet East sub-county Director of Education Kimutai Chrichir said the girl gave birth after writing her English composition test.

“We made arrangements to ensure she sits all her papers and took her to the nearby health centre,” Mr Chirchir said.

The education official said the candidate will sit her remaining tests at the health facility.

“We want to wish her well and we will ensure she does all her exams like other candidates,” he said.

Elsewhere, three KCSE candidates from Narok, Bomet and Nakuru counties gave birth hours to the start of the examinations.

One candidate from Oloisailal Primary School in Transmara West sub-county sat for her morning paper at Lolgorian District Hospital after she went into labour and gave birth in the night.

“The girl gave birth naturally and is in stable condition. She sat for the paper at her hospital bed,” said area Director of Education Philip Wambua.

At Mulot Primary School in Narok West, a candidate was rushed to Longisa District Hospital in the neighbouring Bomet County after going into labour on Friday. She gave birth Monday night through a caesarian operation.

In the same facility, another pupil from Lako Academy in Chepalungu is also sitting for her exams after delivery.

“The girl underwent the operation and sat for the paper afterwards after health officials confirmed that she was in a position to do the exams,” said Mr Wambua.

In Bomet, County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding on Monday said police had launched a manhunt for suspects alleged to have impregnated at least 12 candidates sitting this years’ KCSE exams.