In Rongo, Migori County, on Thursday, the local police initiated a search operation for a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate who had harmed a fellow student by severing their finger during a dispute over a biscuit.
A disagreement had erupted between the two pupils, both of Kasodo Primary School, resulting in one of them brandishing a knife which was used to amputate the finger of the other student, who then went into hiding.
The argument had its roots in a contention over a piece of biscuit, leading to this unfortunate and tragic incident. While some reports suggested that only a finger was severed, others claimed that the entire hand of the student was amputated.
The altercation unfolded shortly after the conclusion of their KCPE examinations, leaving teachers and other pupils deeply shocked. It is distressing to note that the occurrence of violent crimes among minors is on the rise in the country.
The injured pupil was promptly transported to a hospital where they received necessary medical treatment.
Upon their arrival at the scene, the police discovered that the perpetrator had absconded, compelling them to initiate a manhunt to locate and apprehend the fugitive.
Subsequently, the police officers have launched an investigation into the matter, and they have begun searches to apprehend the suspect and bring them to justice.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and KCPE examinations concluded on Wednesday, with approximately 2.6 million students across 33,000 examination centers participating. The Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, announced on Wednesday that the exam marking process had already commenced, and the results are expected to be released before Christmas.
Dr. Belio Kipsang, the Basic Education principal secretary, also commented that the three-day examination period was successful, and there were fewer reported cases of teenage pregnancies this year.