A KCPE candidate in Meru County is nursing serious injuries on his dominant hand after a teacher allegedly broke it.
The boy has consequently been forced to take his KCPE examination using his left hand.
The candidate hails from Abothoguchi West in Central Imenti and is a pupil at Muurugi Primary school.
The boy was caned alongside his friends about two weeks ago when he suffered the injury.
According to “The Standard”, on Tuesday, education officials were uneasy and apprehensive about openly discussing the matter with the media.
They asked for more time for extensive consultations.
Some teachers are reported to have visited the boy’s mother on Monday evening to dissuade her not to report the matter to the relevant authorities.
Judith Igoki, the boy’s mother said the son told her that the teacher had caned him and others as punishment.
Locals feel that it is very unfortunate since the boy has been disadvantaged when sitting a very important examination.
According to Mwenda, a local, they have been trying to find out whether the boy will be allocated more time to complete the examinations since he is going to be slower.
Besides, corporal punishment is illegal. The boy has been practising using his weaker left hand in preparation for the exams.
The County Director Milton Nzioka has confirmed that the candidate’s interests will be protected although he did not say whether the boy will be allocated more time.
According to Mr Nzioka, the boy will be considered to have taken the exams under “difficult circumstances.” He further added that action will be taken against the teacher.