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KCPE Candidate Goes Blind Days to Exams

A class eight student was forced to skip her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations after going blind days to the national test. 

According to reports, the student at Kasole Primary School in Mwingi Central, Kitui County went blind after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

The 15-year-old lost her eyesight after arriving at Mwingi Level IV Hospital to get checked over her persistent headache. 

Her mother said her daughter would complain of headaches on regular basis but she would get her painkillers to relieve the pain.

“I used to buy her painkillers, but when the pain persisted, I brought her to the hospital,” she said.

The 15-year-old lost her eyesight after arriving at Mwingi Level IV Hospital to get checked over her persistent headache PHOTO/COURTESY

The student was referred to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for specialized care because Mwingi Level IV Hospital lack the required amenities to extract the tumour. 

“Our tests show a brain tumour, and that is what has possibly led to her loss of sight,” Dr Evans Mumo, the hospital’s administrator said.  

Amid uncertainty surrounding her condition, the 15-year-old is hopeful that she will recover and sit for her exams. 

KCPE exams began on Monday, March 7, and will conclude today, March 9. 

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