The National transition rate has hit 90 percent as the Ministry of Education steps up efforts to have all learners who sat for the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, exams in form one. The Ministry has put up a strong drive in a bid to to attain 100 percent transition rate from primary to secondary school.
Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang, has today pitched tent at the Coast region where transition rate is still low. While addressing local leaders and education officials in Mombasa today, Dr Kipsang directed all Sub- County Education officials to locate all parents whose children have not joined form one as expected to report to the learners’ former primary schools. The parents are expected to report to the said schools tomorrow, Tuesday 12th February 2019, and on Wednesday to be assisted by the Sub- county officials to get their kids to schools.
It is all systems go at the Ministry as it continues to drive the last mile 100 percent transition tracer campaign. The campaign has yielded fruits as all the 2018 KCPE candidates in Nyeri county have reported to schools. Siaya, Bomet, Nyandarua, Kajiado and Murang’a counties have recorded transition rates of between 97 and 99 percent. According to data released by the Ministry, 9 counties have recorded less than 80 per cent turn out of students. These counties include: Isiolo , Taita Taveta, Narok, Lamu , Kilifi, Nairobi, Kwale, Tana River and Mombasa.
The Ministry of Education is solely depending on the local administration; chiefs and their their assistants, teachers and education officials to trace the missing learners.
Last week, education Cabinet Secretary (Dr Amina Mohammed) said the learners have no option than reporting to schools at the earliest time possible. “It is the constitutional right of every Kenyan child to acquire free and compulsory basic education. The ministry has, therefore, generated lists of students who have not reported to school per sub county for purposes of tracking them and ensuring that they are admitted accordingly,” Dr Amina said. She added that her Ministry has already prepared and dispatched data bearing details of learners who have not reported to form one; including their physical locations.
Dr Kipsang has now instructed Sub- County Education officials to identify challenges related to admission of the learners, yet to report to schools, and place them accordingly. A report on the outcome should be given to the head office by Thursday, 14th February 2019.
On registration of learners onto the National Education Management Information System, NEMIS, Dr Kipsang instructed the field officers to ensure the exercise is executed aggressively as data on the system will be used for future disbursement of government capitation. “NEMIS entry should be aggressively done by all principals and continuous update submitted to SCDE (Sub- County Directors of Education), CDE (County Directors of Education) and RDE (Regional Directors of Education) on daily basis. This is a condition for final funding to schools,” says Dr Kipsang.