, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says the Form One selection for pupils who sat for this year’s KCPE examinations will be completed by December 4.
Speaking while releasing the results on Tuesday, Matiangi stated that every student will know which school they will be joining come December 12.
He said that this was to fast track preparations for the implementation of the Free Secondary Education Program set for next year.
“The firm instruction we have from the President is that by Jamhuri Day, every child must be placed in a school because as you know, next year, we start the implementation of the Free Secondary Education program,” he stated.
“We are organising ourselves in this particular respect. We will be working almost on a 24-hour basis to ensure we deliver in this respect.”
The Cabinet Secretary further assured that placement will be done on merit and no student will be discriminated against.
“We will meet on December 4 to look at the placements and I want to assure the country that we will place all our children who have 400 marks and above in national schools regardless of whether they did their exams in private or public schools,” he said.
Matiangi said the government will support public schools who produce candidates in the top 100 category so as to increase their capacity.
He also asked Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia to come up with a way the government will reward the teachers of those public schools.
The top candidate in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations scored 455 marks in marked improvement, compared to last year.
Matiangi stated that the best candidate last year scored 437 marks and attributed this year’s improvement to strict guidelines in schools and the way the exams were administered.
He stated that 9,846 pupils managed to surpass the 400 mark and indicated that there was no single case of malpractice detected during the 2017 examinations, meaning that all the candidates will receive their results.
The KCPE candidates can access their results through SMS and online platforms by sending their index number to 22252 or on the KNEC website.
The examinations got off to a smooth start on October 31, with minor hitches reported across the country with Matiangi stating that examination papers were safely distributed across all centres.