Form One placement launched; 1,075,201 students to join secondary schools

Education CS Prof. George Magoha
Education CS Prof. George Magoha

1,075,201 students are set to join different secondary schools, ranging from national schools to sub county schools, out of the 1,083,456 candidates that did KCPE this year. Students joining the national schools come January next year will be 33,009, while those joining extra county schools will be 184,816. Speaking at the launch of the placement exercise at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, Education CS Prof. George Magoha said the whole process should be seamless.

The government’s focus is set on the 100% transition to secondary schools, “The Ministry officials will be required to file accurate and daily returns on the statistics of reporting from schools in order to ensure 100% transition. When I say accurate I mean accurate, don’t sit in your office, to be given reports,” said CS Matiang’i. The CS warned school heads against turning away needy students due to lack of school fees, saying he will do a physical audit, “Do not turn away a student due to lack of fees, is that money yours?” he posed.

Candidates were selected to schools they chose, although there was a notable demand for some schools with available spaces minimal. 777 Special Needs Education students were well placed in their schools of choice, while sub county schools recorded the highest number of entries, with 669,145 candidates.