Ruiru Member of Parliament Simon King'ara has assured all Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates in his constituency that he will provide them with meals as they sit for their exams.

The KCPE exams kick off today, March 22, 2021, with the candidates expected to sit for Mathematics, English, and Composition.

King'ara revealed that his foundation had partnered with a non-governmental organisation, Food 4 Education, to provide meals for the learners during this period.

File image of Ruiru MP Simon King'ara. |Photo| Courtesy|

Ruiru Constituency has 18 public schools, and the initiative is set to benefit 2,500 candidates.

The legislator noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had gravely affected the ability of some parents to properly provide for their children.

"We decided to do it in 18 public schools but in future, we hope to do this in all our schools," King'ara stated.

He argued that the academic performance of the candidates would be negatively affected if they tackled the exams on empty stomachs.

King'ara urged food distributors and the learning institutions to adhere to the set Covid-19 regulations to stem the spread of the virus in the country.