A search operation is underway after two of the eight candidates were killed at Theta Dam in Kiambu County during a school trip.
Students at Comejuu Premier Academy Primary School in Komothai, Githunguri went on a tour after practicing for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination on Friday.
Teacher David Paul Kanget said sixty students, two candidates from grade eight and grade six where the drowning happened, made a trip to Kinare Forest.
Officers from the Kiganjo Police Station are working with their colleagues at the Mindoro Police Station and detectives from Gatundu in the search.
“The operation was launched after the boy slipped into the Theta dam around 4:30 pm on Friday,” police said.
Organizations engage in various rituals after the national exams and afterwards to motivate candidates and relieve tension and pressure before the final exams.
Police officers drawn from various stations in the area joined the search operation to recover the bodies of the teenagers.
Police detailed: “The operation was launched after a boy crashed into Theta Dam on Friday, November 25 at around 4.30pm.
Professional divers with better gear and equipment are expected to join the search party.
Theta Dam is 17 meters high and is strengthened by a concrete road that extends to the edge of Mundoro Forest.
The drowning incident comes weeks after a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidate died in Kirinyaga County.
Reports indicate that the student was killed while climbing Mount Kala Kenya in Gichugu Constituency.
He was among 200 students who went on a vacation trip to the mountains.