File Photo- Form ones reporting to school. The over one million 2018 KCPE candidates are expected to start reporting to Secondary Schools tomorrow, 7th January 2019
File Photo- Form ones reporting to school. The over one million 2018 KCPE candidates are expected to start reporting to Secondary Schools tomorrow, 7th January 2019
In Summary:
  • All placements shall now be done by the Education Ministry.
  • The selection process and admission for the 2019 form ones has been digitized.
  • Students will now get their admission letters online
  • Principals will be compelled to report unfilled capacities
  • Selection criteria used to place the 31,337 students to the various National schools.

The Ministry of Education has banned direct admissions of form ones by secondary schools in 2019. According to the ministry, all placements shall now be done by the Education Ministry. These revelations were made public yesterday (Monday 3rd December, 2018) by the Ministry of Education’s Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Amina Mohammed, during the official launch of the National form ones selection exercise.

The cabinet secretary said the selection process and admission for the 2019 form ones has been digitized and prospective students will get the admission letters directly from the Ministry. “All candidates selected to join National, Extra County, and County schools will receive admission letters instantaneously at the touch of a button immediately after this launch,” Dr. Amina told participants at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), yesterday. This according to the cabinet Secretary, will discourage cases where some schools ‘block’ certain students so as to fraudulently create vacancies for others.

The Cabinet Secretary said her Ministry had put mechanisms in place to ensure students join their schools of preference and to promote the hundred percent transition from primary to secondary schools. As part of the measures, students will now get their admission letters online while principals will be compelled to report unfilled capacities so that they can be filled by the ministry. The Ministry will also verify the admission details (once the kids report to schools in January, 2019)  against declared form one capacity for each school. School principals will be required to report all cases of students who fail to claim their form one slots in their respective schools, via the Ministry’s online portal.

During yesterday’s National Form one selection exercise, a total of 31,337 students were placed to the various National schools. The selection criteria used showed that all the 12,222 candidates who scored 400 marks and above, 19 special needs candidates and top five candidates per each Sub County (both from either gender) were offered the 31,337 slots at the National schools.

Via a presser, today, Dr. Amina said her ministry was working very hard to ensure success of the hundred percent transition as spearheaded by the President, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta. “The 2018 KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) candidates constitute the second cohort of students to be admitted to secondary schools under the Government policy of 100 percent transition spearheaded by His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta. The key objective of the 100 percent transition policy is to ensure improved access, retention and completion of secondary school education by all learners,” Dr. Amina explained.

The Cabinet Secretary said her ministry will frustrate attempts by school heads to charge any extra levies on top of the set fees guidelines as this will frustrate the attainment of 100 percent transition and deny learners the right to education. The Launch of the Regional selection exercise will take place tomorrow, 5th December 2018, at various designated venues; countrywide.

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