Low turnout in 2019 form ones’ reporting, so far, PS Kipsang assures all is well

    File photo- Form ones reporting to school. The Education Ministry has stepped up efforts to ensure 100 percent transition from primary to secondary
    File photo- Form ones reporting to school.

    Most schools have reported a low turnout in form one reporting this year, as the exercise entered its second day today; countrywide. The low turnout is attributed to the confusion that has surrounded the selection and placement of the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, candidates. But speaking to the media today, Basic Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang, assured parents that all the 2018 KCPE candidates will get places in form one. Dr Kipsang, who spoke while he toured the admission exercise in Secondary schools of Makueni and Machakos counties, assured principals that the Ministry will provide necessary support to ensure the process of admitting the form ones is executed successfully. The Ministry has digitized the admission process which is now done online via the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS). Read more details here: Detailed guide on how to use the NEMIS to admit, transfer students

    “If a student has downloaded the letter (admission letter from the Education Ministry’s website), I will not say that (such) a student can miss in the system because they already downloaded the letter,” Said Dr Kipsang, while responding to queries that some students are missing in the NEMIS of the schools where they were placed.

    “So, some of those incidences if there is any that has come out, we shall be able to investigate and check what could have happened. But, in my mind Am very clear sure once you download a letter in the system, you will for sure remain in that system upto to the time you are admitted; up to the time we shall pay free day secondary, use services in our hospitals. You will already be having a UPI (Unique Personal Identifier),” added Dr Kipsang.

    On Sunday, 6th January 2019, Dr Kipsang gave a detailed guide on how the form one students are to be admitted by using the NEMIS. Read full details, here: 2019 form ones’ admission through the nemis system-step by step guide

    The Principal Secretary said the Ministry is in the process of generating
    Unique Personal Identifiers (UPIs) for form one students who may have not been registered while at their former primary schools. He said the process will be hastened to ensure all the form ones receive UPIs by close of business on Friday; which is the last day for reporting by the form ones.

    “We are generating new UPIs (for students) whose UPIs would have not been generated in Primary schools. And, we believe by the end of this exercise, the one million and thirty eight students who will be admitted to secondary schools will all have UPIs,” the PS assured.

    Yesterday, the Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed, inspected the admission exercise at State House Girls in Nairobi. Dr Amina said that the NEMIS verification system takes less than 2 mins per learner.

    The Chiefs and their assistants have been instructed to map out their areas of jurisdiction and ensure all the 2018 KCPE candidates report to form one in a bid by the government to achieve its policy on hundred percent transition.

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