A record 44 inmates were among the over 7,500 candidates who sat for their KCPE examinations in Naivasha sub-county that started Tuesday.
Among the candidates, 16 are serving life and death sentences in the penal institution that is home to close to 3,000 prisoners.
The current number of inmate candidates is an increase from 32 who sat for the same exam in 2016.
The inmates exuded confidence that they would perform well in the examinations that ends on Thursday despite the many challenges facing them in the prison.
According to 66-year-old Stephen Macharia Kuria who is serving a ten year jail term, their teachers had prepared them well for the national exams.
Mwangi who is the oldest candidate admitted that there were challenges in the prison but was quick to add that this would not deter them from attaining good grades.
I first sat for the national exams back in 1966 but I later dropped from school but am now ready to re-do this exams, said the inmate.
Mwangi however appealed to the government to consider reducing their jail term so that they could serve the country as they had reformed through the education programme.
Other inmates identified lack of trained teachers and learning materials as some of the challenges that they were facing adding that the distance between the inmates and their families could also affect their performance.
The inmates are now calling on the national government and well-wishers to come in and support the education programme which had turned out to be a major tool in reforming inmates.
Speaking on phone, Naivasha sub-county education officer Bernard Chirchir said that the examination materials were delivered on time and that no malpractices had been reported so far with the 7,506 candidates, ( 3,949 boys, 3,557 girls) starting their first paper on time.
We have 109 centers in Naivasha and among them, 71 are government owned schools and we are optimistic that the students will do well in the examination, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency