Heavy rains have delayed the distribution of the final paper of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination in 26 schools in Kwale.
By 11am, the Social Studies paper had not reached the schools since roads were rendered impassable by floods which had also cut off some of the institutions.
Twenty-two of the affected schools are in Kinango Sub-county which is the hardest hit while the rest are in Matuga. Others centres where the exam started late included Ramisi and Funzi Primary Schools in Msambweni.
Confirming this, Acting County Commissioner Mr. Mwangi Kahiro said they had contacted the Kenya National Examinations Council to provide a helicopter to facilitate the distribution of the exam.
We are in touch with KNEC with a view to sending a chopper to drop the exam in the affected schools, he said.
Mr. Kahiro said candidates at Mkongani Primary School were unable to access their school due to the flooding.
He said many rivers had burst their banks following heavy rains that were still pounding the region since Tuesday.
Weather related power interruptions have also hit the county due to the rains paralysing some businesses and services.
Though the rainfall was just what the county needed most, its effects including flooding in some areas has left many locals counting losses.
County Director of Meteorological Services, Mr. Dominic Mbindyo cautioned people living in low-lying areas to be wary of flooding.
He said Ujamaa, Diani, Vanga, Vumbu and Ng’ombeni were some of the flood-prone areas owing to their topography and people should take precautions to avert calamities.
Source: Kenya News Agency