Activist Boniface Mwangi on Wednesday, October 30, made a sensational claim on Twitter against Deputy President William Ruto over his involvement in the KCPE examinations.
Mwangi attempted to associate the deputy president with allowances set aside for cabinet secretaries and other government staff involved in the distribution and the general overseeing of the national examinations.
KTN the presenter Tony Gachoka echoed Mwangi's concerns, describing Ruto's involvement in the examination process as a 'stunt' which would not help in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to a source who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke on condition of anonymity, as they are not authorised to speak for the Ministry of Education, CSs who supervise the distribution of examinations are allegedly paid a daily allowance of about Ksh18,200. The rates, however, differ depending on the areas supervised.
"This is based on the town that they go to, for instance, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Lamu, Kilifi and Malindi the rates are Ksh 18,200," he spoke.
Principal secretaries received Ksh 16,800 for supervising distribution in the above-named towns while those sent to other towns received Ksh 10,000 each.
The source clarified that the deputy president's expenditure is independent of the examination process as his activities are budgeted for by his office.
The DP had on Wednesday morning, October 30, paid a surprise visit to the students of the collapsed Precious Talent School who had been transferred to Ngong Forest Primary School.
In a post on social media, Ruto stated that he was at the institution to wish the learners well as well as supervise the distribution of KCPE Science papers.
"Those of you who came from Precious Talent, this may not be the environment you were used to, but these are your brothers and sisters and this is the environment you'll sit for the main exams. So relax," the DP advised.
Ruto concluded his address to the pupils by wishing all the candidates in the country success in the ongoing KCPE exams.
On September 23, eight pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoreti North died after a classroom collapsed on them in a morning incident that injured 64 others.
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