Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Sunday sent condolence messages to the families of five pupils from Arap Moi Primary School who drowned on Saturday ahead of the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
In a statement, the Cabinet Secretary expressed his remorse for losing the candidates just days to the exams, vowing to get to the bottom of the matter.
“I wish a quick recovery to the Grade Six candidate who is currently hospitalised following the incident,” Machogu stated.
As such, Machogu revealed that his Ministry alongside the Ministry of Interior has commenced investigations to establish the cause of the accident.
Interior Cabinet Secreatry Kithure Kindiki appearing before a National Assembly committee on October 12, 2023.
“I am working closely with my counterpart in the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Prof. Kithure Kindiki, to ensure thorough and conclusive investigations are conducted into the unfortunate incident,” Machogu stated.
He added that the results of the investigations shall be shared with the relevant agencies for the necessary action to be taken.
Machogu warned parents against exposing learners to risky activities and environments, especially during the national examinations season.
The CS urged the school and families to keep calm pending completion of the investigations.
He emphasised that the government is working on taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of candidates across the country.
The Saturday evening accident has left the families of five pupils in mourning while one student fights for their life at the hospital.
According to reports, the students had traveled to Amazement Park in Eldoret a few days before the candidates sat for their KCPE scheduled to start on Monday, October 30.
They took turns boat riding in the manmade lake before the boat capsized.
A photo of students boat riding at Amazement Park in Eldoret