On July 29th the Pepo La Tumaini ECD (Early Childhood Development) preschool tackled their year-end final with the same intensity of a bar exam. Children ranging from 3-5 years old sat through hours of tests deemed essential by the Kenyan Ministry of Education.
“Do you think you’ll pass?” Project Coordinator Khadija Rama asked Abdallah Mohamed.
“I don’t know. Only the teacher knows.” The 4-year-old sternly answered.
The student’s tests began at 8am and lasted, interspersed with recess, until 12:30pm. Their tests ranged from animal identification in English and Kiswahili to math and science.
Ashu Abubakar, is one of the few students unable to get a desk for the tests.
Denis Mutrtuia (left) and Samwel Kithinji were witnessed plagiarizing each other’s papers, but escaped authoritative detection.
Ngugi has been teaching at the ECD for three years and often makes the class decorations using whatever resources are available.
During the math test, students were asked to complete problems such as 4+3 and complete numerical sequences 21, 22, __, 24. Answers varied.
Brenda Gakili was one of 54 students taking the test who would rather be at recess.
Shouting, “Finished?! Finished?!, “ a group of students help/harass Antony Kimathi with his final.