The Siaya county government has spent Sh1.7 million to print out this year’s mock examination papers that contain a conspicuous portrait of Governor Cornell Rasanga.
The mock examination papers, meant for primary schools in the county, has the portrait of Governor Rasanga on the top right side.
Mock examinations are usually done at district levels to prepare class eight pupils for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
However the County Executive in charge of education Mrs Pamela Okello said the display of the governor’s portrait is justified.
KNOW THEIR GOVERNOR
She said the portrait is aimed at ensuring that pupils know their governor and have a close relationship with him.
Speaking at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology grounds, she said similar mock examination papers will be distributed in subsequent years.
“We are in the process of boosting the performance of our pupils in the next national examination. It is also a campaign tactic by Governor Rasanga for the next general elections, ” explained Mrs Okello.
She added that the papers will benefit close to 8,000 candidates who will be seating for this year’s KCPE exams.
Mrs Okello added that the mock examinations will be guarded to avoid leakage to the students as was the case with the national examinations last year.
On social media, users were ungovernable as they accused the governor of using county resources to “campaign” for next year’s elections.
Siaya County Mock exam papers have the Governor's photo – Cornel Rasanga. Welcome to Kenya ! pic.twitter.com/JU784KRQMk
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