A KCPE candidate who eloped with her lover was forced to sit the examination in a police station on Thursday after police arrested her lover and detained her.
The girl, from Ndhiwa Primary School in Homa Bay County, boycotted Kiswahili and Science papers on Wednesday and decided to elope with the man identified as Isaac Ochieng', aged 30.
According to her head teacher Gabriel Ogutu, the girl sat her day one papers – Mathematics, English Language and English Composition.
After the exam on Tuesday, she left for home but arrived at midnight.
"Her parents put her to task until she told them that she was with a lover who lives in Ndhiwa Town," said Mr Ogutu.
“The parents frogmarched the girl to the man's house but they found him armed with a machete."
Mr Ochieng’ is said to have threatened the parents and the girl disappeared in the commotion.
"The parents came to school on Wednesday morning to find out whether the girl had reported for exams but they did not find her. The matter was reported to the police," added the head teacher.
Ndhiwa OCPD Nixon Makokha said they searched for the girl in the entire Homa Bay County but could not locate her.
Later in the evening, they found her at a village near Sori Town in neighbouring Migori County.
Mr Makokha said they discovered that the man had taken the girl to his relative's home.
"We found the girl and Mr Ochieng' in the village home and arrested them," he said.
The OCPD liaised with the area education officials to ensure she sat her Social Studies and Religious Education exams.
"We have accommodated the girl to sit her examination in one of our offices under safe custody. We want to ensure that she does her paper despite missing others on Wednesday," Mr Makokha said on Thursday.
Mr Ochieng' was detained at the police station awaiting the girl’s age assessment.
Mr Makokha said the suspect would be acquitted if the girl is aged 18 years and above.
"I have sent the girl's parents to bring her [birth] certificate. We will also take the girl to a hospital for age assessment," he added.
However, if the girl is a minor, Mr Ochieng' will be charged in court with defilement.
"We will hand the girl back to her parents but the man will be charged with defilement if the girl is proved to be underage," said Mr Makokha.
The head teacher said two other candidates did not sit their KCPE exam. One became a street boy in Kisumu County, while another girl disappeared and nobody knows her whereabouts.