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. The Education Ministry has stepped up efforts to ensure 100 percent transition from primary to secondary

The Ministry of Education has directed schools to upload 2019 form ones’ admission data onto the National Education Management Information System, NEMIS, by close of business today.

Form ones started trickling to schools effective Monday, this week, with the exercise coming to a close today.

A message sent to all Sub- County Directors of Education, SCDE, requires them to inform school heads to upload the data by midnight. “You are requested to inform all principals in your area of jurisdiction to upload in the NEMIS system all form ones so far admitted in their schools, by the end of day without fail,” reads the memo.

A spot check on the NEMIS shows the system is down and hence, schools will have to burn the midnight oil to ensure compliance to the directive.

Already, the Ministry of Education has approved transfers of about 50,000 students who requested for changes to their placements. The Ministry expects to admit all the 1,052,364 who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, last year.

Students who should have not reported to schools by today will be forced to take up available vacancies at schools in their localities; from Monday next week.

Notably, the Ministry banned direct admissions of form ones which should now be done via the NEMIS online portal. Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang, has already indicated that Students who will be admitted directly risk losing the government fee subsidy. Dr Kipsang is expected to give an update on the status of the form ones’ admission exercise, so far.

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