Form one student beaten to death for cheating in physics exam

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Police in Tinderet, Nandi County are investigating the death of a form one student who died after corporal punishment by teachers.

Kelvin Kiptanui, a form One student at Chemase secondary died at Nandi-Hills level 4 hospital hours after he was admitted in critical condition after corporal punishment at school.

The deceased, who was hardly two weeks old at the institution, is reported to have been assaulted by his teachers for making references in a Physics textbook during an afternoon Friday, March 3 quiz.

Tinderet sub-county police commander Ali Jire said the matter was reported on Sunday by the mother of the deceased and had handed over the case to DCI.

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Monica Cherobon, the mother of the deceased said her son was well when he left home for school on Friday morning and was only summoned by the school administration in the evening at Chepsese dispensary.

The deceased had been rushed to the facility after collapsing in the staff room during the beating by two male teachers.

She said, his firstborn child was vomiting blood and complained of internal stomach injuries following the punishment that included 16 strokes of the cane, kicks, and being roughed up by 2 teachers.

According to the police, teachers treated contempt for his use of the textbook to answer Physics quizzes and whisked him out of his class to the staff room where he was assaulted.

The body is in Nandi-Hills hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem examination to establish how he died.

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