, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed National Schools to start issuing admission letters online effective next year.
Matiang’i indicated that the move will promote transparency and eliminate middle-men who intercept admission letters for sale.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking when he launched the Form 1 selection process at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development in Nairobi on Thursday afternoon.
“From next year, we are going to have letters of admission to national schools issued online. There is no reason why that cannot happen and beginning this year, we have started piloting that in some schools but I am asking all you103 national schools that is the job we are going to do this year. By December this year, all your letters of admission should be available online,” he said.
Matiang’i pointed out that more candidates will join Form One this year through a transparent and competitive process as compared to last year.
“So all you need to do is to go to the site of that school, log in that same number and you get your letter of admission and you can print it from a cyber cafe next to you or somewhere else. That way, these middle men are not going to hide the letter and then your child misses a form one place. There are people who have stressed us in the past about this,” he stated.
He observed that a pilot process of the online system is currently ongoing in some national schools.
“This year, my ministry is piloting an online system of transmitting admission letters to candidates so as to expedite candidates’ access to admission information and give parents and guardians ample time to prepare for their children’s’ admission to secondary schools,” he stated.
He said that students in the national schools can currently access their admission letters online.
“Subsequently, students selected to national schools under this arrangement can download admission letters from the ministry’s website www.education.go.ke,” he stated.
He challenged all secondary schools to ensure they have functional websites to enhance public access to information.
“This year, we shall retain manual transmittal of admission letters that will run concurrently with the online access being piloted for some national schools. It is my expectation that in subsequent selections, transmittal of admission letters for all categories of schools will be purely online,” he said.