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KCPE candidate dies during exams in suspected botched abortion

Police in Samburu have launched investigations into the death of a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate in what is suspected to have been a botched abortion.

The 14 year old girl from Girgir Boarding Primary School in Archers post sat her Mathematics and English examinations on the first day of the exams but was admitted to hospital the same night.

Samburu County Director of Education Mr James Nyaga confirmed the incident, terming it as unfortunate coming during the three day examination period.

“The examination period was successful throughout the county, from Samburu North areas of Baragoi to Wamba in Samburu East, apart from the death of the candidate,” said Mr Nyaga.


He spoke after receiving the final KCPE answer sheets from head teachers at the Samburu County Commissioner’s compound where the papers were being stored for safety.

Samburu County police boss Mr Francis Kumut said his officers have launched investigations into the case.

“We received reports that the pupil was found bleeding heavily in the school’s dormitory by her matron. She was complaining of sharp stomach pains and was immediately taken to Archers Post Dispensary,” Mr Kumut said.

The girl was later transferred to Wamba Mission Hospital where she passed on at around 11 am on Wednesday, shortly after her parents were called. The deceased’s body is lying at the Wamba Mission Hospital mortuary.