15 inmates from Kitui Main prison are among 1.2 million candidates sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Exams (KCPE) beginning today.
According to the officer in charge of Kitui Maximum Prison Ibrahim Hassan, for over 4 years they have not been doing any KCPE and KCSE exams and this year they decided to have the exams.
Hassan said that after consulting with the Ministry of Education they chose inmates who had not cleared their Primary school education and taught them making them able to sit for the national exam.
The officer in charge revealed that among the 15 inmates, one of them was serving a life sentence and he chose to sit for the exams to improve his life as well as acquire skills.
“In Kitui main prison, for the last four years, there are no inmates who have been able to do their exams. Since I came here as the officer in charge, we started a program to mentor some of the inmates,” Hassan said.
“In conjunction with the Ministry of Education we taught 15 inmates among them one who has a life sentence and they are sitting for their KCPE this year which will help them in the future,” he added.