It was a rare occurrence in Uasin Gishu County during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE) examination.
A student sitting for his Mathematics Paper Two KCSE exam at a centre within Burnt Forest area found the going tough.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But for this candidate, instead of getting tough, he decided to flee the exam room.
In the middle of the paper, the candidate reportedly jolted out of the exam room, heading to the school gate.
The student seemed to have intended to leave the school premises entirely, when the school principal reached to out to him near the fence, which is adjacent to the dense and vast Burnt Forest.
Peculiarly, the principal offered the student a cup of milk as a way of convincing him to complete the paper, and the other remaining ones in the ongoing national exams.
Later while addressing the bizarre incident with fellow teachers through a WhatsApp group, the principal said affirmed that no student shall be allowed to waste government’s resources by abandoning the examinations.
“Us who are with them, have no mercy….and when they are unable to solve the Maths, we’ll chase and bring you back to finish government investment,” read a WhatsApp message.
He further called for prayers in dealing with the students during their exam period that ends on April 21, saying, “Pray for us all. We’ve seen things.”
The principal’s noble task did not go unnoticed, with a Teachers Service Commission(TSC) official thanking him for intervening in the bizarre incident through a text message.
“Dear Mr. B*****, we sincerely appreciate the work you are doing as a teacher in the administration of the ongoing KCSE exams. TSC appeals to you to uphold high standards of integrity and overall ethical conduct as a teacher, centre manager, invigilator or supervisor. Let’s not bring the profession into disrepute,” said the TSC official.