Shocker for 2019 form ones admitted directly as Ministry bans such admissions

Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed
Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed

The Ministry of Education has said only students admitted to form one via the National Education Management Information System, NEMIS, will be recognized and get the government fees subsidy. While Addressing Ministry officials, including Field Officers (Regional Coordinators of Education and County directors of Education), the Education Principal Secretary, Dr. Belio Kipsang, warned principals against issuing direct admission letters. The Principal Secretary warned that letters that would have not been downloaded from the Ministry’s portal will be deemed illegal and thus should not be used to admit the 2019 form ones.

“Only letters that have been downloaded from the admissions website are valid,” Dr, Kipsang warned. Parents to 2019 form ones are expected to log into the Ministry of Education’s website to download their admission letters for National, Extra county and County schools as per the set regulations. Read more details here:How to download and process the 2019 form one admission letter

Highlighting on the same issue at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, yesterday, Education Cabinet secretary (Dr Amina Mohammed) warned principals against admitting form ones directly saying all students’ details must be uploaded to the NEMIS portal. “Schools must admit students only through the NEMIS (portal), no school should violate the ministry guidelines,” Dr Amina cautioned. Read more here: How schools will handle transfer requests and admissions for the 2019 form ones

The Cabinet Secretary who enlightening Regional Coordinators and County Directors of Education noted that students whose details would not be uploaded into the NEMIS system will be deemed not to have joined form one and hence will not be eligible for disbursement of Free Secondary Education funds. Dr Amina directed the principals to admit the form ones by using the NEMIS system; when they report to school next week. This directive will affect both public and private schools. This directive will have a big toll on parents and form ones who have collected letters directly from schools different from the ones in which they were placed. This will leave such parents and learners at cross roads since it is only the ministry that was to sanction any transfers of the form ones.

“Students without Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) numbers will be expected to issued with the same as soon as possible and not later than one month (from now). Since enrollment data is from the system, schools are informed that the process should not be circumvented at all,” Dr Amina added. To get the UPI learners are expected to have birth certificates and details of their parents and/ or guardians.

By using the NEMIS system, the Ministry will be able to track all learners as they report to school between 7th and 11th January, 2019. This is in a bid to ensure that all learners who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, exams last year (2018) transit to secondary schools as per the Government’s policy on hundred percent transition. Learners who will fail to report to school by 11th January, 2019 are expected to face the full force of the Law as Chiefs and their assistants are under instructions to push them to nearby schools.

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