, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – The Ministry of Education says successful candidates who have been admitted to national and extra county schools will get their letters of admission digitally in an effort to improve transparency in the process.
Speaking on Tuesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i stated that receipt of admission letters by candidates and their parents shall be instantaneous.
Matiang’i explained that after downloading individual admission letters, candidates must present them to their respective schools where they sat the examinations for authentication.
“Because of the complaints that used to come from various parents, we were directed by the Office of the President to begin an electronic form of availing letters to the Form 1 students,” he said.
“This year I am very happy to state that we have done it. Candidates do not have to come to your school and wake you up at night because they can go online and get their admission letters. They can go to www.education.go.ke,” he stated.
He further indicated that the letter, alongside a candidate’s birth certificate, will further be authenticated by the head teacher of the admitting secondary school.
“From there they can download their letters of admission to the schools. Parents can text their candidates or students index number to this short code 20042 and they will know their children have been selected and they can print the letters.”
He advised principals to be meticulous and confirm that letters presented to them belong to candidates who appear in their selection lists.
“For purposes of accountability, we limited the printout to only one letter. That is what we agreed to do. The system has been configured in such a way that you only print out the letter once,” he emphasised.
“The ministry shall endeavour to gradually improve the digitisation process with a view to bringing all the other categories of schools on board,” he said.
He indicated that reporting dates for Form 1 students selected to all categories of schools shall be January 9, 2017 and not later than January 16, 2017.
“Principals should ensure that new students are well received and well integrated with the others,” he said.
The Education CS stated that 24,795 successful 2016 KCPE candidates have been selected to join the 103 national schools.
“The number that we have so far admitted to national schools is only a small fraction of the total of 942,021 candidates who successfully sat the KCPE this year.”
He reiterated the government’s commitment to recognise the central place of national schools as centres of education excellence and national integration.
He revealed plans to enhance the number of places further by upgrading two schools – Cheptiret Boys in Uasin Gishu and Osen Girls in Baringo – to the national category next year.
“This will ensure that the country has at least two national schools in every county. Funds have already been disbursed for upgrading and expanding infrastructure for the two schools in readiness for their first national class admission in 2018.”