The 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates will join Form One in July 2021 after the selection exercise done. Top Ministry of Education officials are meeting to fine-tune selection guidelines that will be used to place students in Form One this year.

A multi-sectoral team has retreated to Naivasha to craft a formula that will be used to place KCPE candidates in secondary schools. The officials in the team are often drawn from the directorate of secondary education led by Paul Kibet, quality assurance staff and some from the Department of ICT.

In some cases, the Kenya National Examination Council (Knee) is represented alongside other State agencies to ensure the selection process is water-tight.

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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said during the release of the 2020 KCPE results that all the 1,179,192 candidates who sat KCPE examinations will be admitted to secondary schools under the government’s 100 per cent transition policy.

He said Form One selection shall be done on May 28 and the students are expected to join secondary schools in July. Last month the Ministry of Education warned some Principals of national schools against interfering with the Form 1 selection exercise.

According to the Ministry the schools are accused of pre selecting their form one class prior to the National Form one Selection process.

“The purpose of this letter is to ask you to inform the Principals of the listed schools in your jurisdiction to ensure that they only pre-select candidates who have chosen their schools as per the KNEC data base.

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The National Selection process will ignore the pre-selection of such candidates and place them in schools of their choice and on merit if this instruction is not adhered to,” said the Ministry through a circular.

The schools targeted in this crack down are;

  1. Starehe Boys Centre -(Nairobi)
  2. Starehe Girls -(Nairobi) 3. Moi Forces Academy -(Nairobi) 4. Moi Forces -Lanet -(Nakuru) 5. Utumishi Academy -(Nakuru) 6. Utumishi Girls -(Nakuru) 7. Moi Tea Girls -(Kericho) Between now and Friday, next week, the team is expected to analyse the available capacities in National, extra county and Sub countyschools ahead of the placement scheduled for next week Friday.
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Data from the ministry shows that there are 29,712 slots in all the 103 national schools.

Another 123,400 spaces are available in 531 extra-county schools and 142,358 slots in 1,031 county schools. Sub-county schools -the day schools -have a capacity of 685,590 in all the 7,325 institutions.

There are also some 35 Special Needs Education (SNE} secondary schools with a capacity of about 1,500 slots, according to ministry data. These are boarding institutions that cater for students with special education needs.

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