Kuppet threatens to sue Knec over toxic exam chemicals

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet) has threatened to sue the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) for allowing a dangerous chemical to be used in a Chemistry practical during this year’s Kenya Certificate Secondary Education exam.

Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori on Monday said the chemicals used are highly flammable and have adverse effects on students and teachers.

The chemicals used included, xylene, calcium hypochlorite and bromine water.

“The chemicals produce dangerous fumes that when inhaled can cause serious effects that lead to breathing problems and death in the long run. They even cause cancer,” Mr Misori said.

Kuppet said two teachers are being treated after inhaling the fumes from the chemicals while preparing specimens for use by their students during the exam.

Mr Misori said the teachers include one from Tidae Girls High School in Kwanza who was expectant and was supervising the exams.

She is admitted to a hospital in Kitale, Trans Nzoia.

Another one is from St Monica Girls High School who is admitted to Hospital Galilee Medical Centre.

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