, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Those who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam in November and qualified for admission to National Schools can now send their index numbers to 20042 to know their placement.
The top performer Goldalyn Kakuya has been admitted to the Kenya High School as Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi launched the placement exercise on Monday.
“As we did last year, students who cleared class eight will be required to send their index numbers to 20042 to know which secondary schools they will be joining and also to print their admission letters,” said Matiangi.
This was in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration day directive that all those who sat for the examinations should know which secondary schools they will be joining, before Christmas.
Matiangi said that 993,000 schools will be joining Form One next year which is against the available capacity of 1,053,742 places countrywide.
He said that students that missed places last year are expected to take up extra capacity this year.
9000 students will be joining national schools.
County and Sub county schools will absorb most of the students estimated at 63 per cent of the total number of those joining secondary schools next year.
“We are working on increasing capitation and resources in County and sub county schools because they the ones that absorb the highest number of students,” said Matiangi.
The government has increased Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) capitation to cater for the total cost of day schooling to Sh22, 244 per student per annum from the previous Sh12, 870.
19 national schools in Nairobi have been earmarked to pilot the government’s free secondary school day programme set to be rolled out on January 4.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said the programme which part of the President Uhuru Kenyatta pre-election pledges is aimed at increasing enrolment.
The CS said the government noted that the cost of education to the household has been recognized as the greatest impediment to access to education.
He said fees guidelines has been released to schools and should be implemented without exception.
“My instruction to all regional coordinators and County Directors of Education last year of ensuring enforcement of fees guidelines still stands.” stated Matiangi.
“Parents are advised to only pay the amount in the fees structure and report incidents of any students turned away for not paying the higher fees to their respective Regional Education Coordinators, County Directors of Education and Sub-County Directors,” the Education Minister stated.
Matiangi said that he will coordinate with the Teachers Service Commission to hire more teachers to cater for increased enrolment in secondary schools.
Selected students in both public and private schools are expected to report to school between January 9th and 12th.