The young girl said their headteacher asked them to burn books while celebrating but she got burnt in the process.
"The head teacher asked us to light bonfires to celebrate the completion of our exams. We were each given a book to burn as we sat on tables around the fire. I then felt someone push the table causing me to fall into the fire," the young girl said. Her parents were particularly disappointed as the school did not inform them of the incident until Thursday, when they went to pick her up from school.
The number of candidates who scored 400 marks and above in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination increased 46.5 percent compared to the previous year, setting the stage for a scramble for admission to the coveted national secondary schools.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said 11,857 candidates scored above 400 marks in this year’s exam, up from 8,091 and 9,673 who hit the mark last year and in 2019 respectively.
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