NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 2 – Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha launched the Form One selection exercise on Monday with an assurance that it will be conducted with the highest level of integrity to ensure candidates get to join the schools of choice based on merit.
Magoha said all the 1,075, 201 candidates who sat for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will be placed in secondary schools they chose, and where the chances are limited, merit will prevail.
“I have been assured that it will be a fair process,” Magoha said, and warned officials against any cases of malpractice.
“We will not tolerate any such cases and that is why I am assuring of integrity in the exercise.”
Magoha said no student joining public secondary schools will be turned away due to lack of fees and has assured that even girls will not be kicked out due to pregnancy.
“Therefore, even those who gave birth during the examinations should be allowed to join secondary school,” he said.
The CS added “they will be given time off to attend to their babies.”
Over 33,000 KCPE candidates will be admitted to national schools countrywide.
About 184, 816 will be admitted to Extra County Schools, according to CS Magoha.
The Education CS pointed out that a further 188, 454 candidates will be admitted to county schools and 777 to Special Needs Education institutions.
He urged private schools to carry out the selection exercise by December 16.
“All private schools must complete their selection by 16th December 2019 and file returns through NEMIS,” he said.
The admission of Form One students will be done online through National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).
The education ministry has developed a reporting module that will be used by each Principal to relay the admission of each learner online.
NEMIS, the ministry said, will provide real time data on admission and reporting trends to facilitate decision-making including capitation.
Principals will be responsible for the security and integrity of their school data on NEMIS.
Parents and guardians can check the schools their children have been assigned through a Short Message Service 22263, or online on www.education.go.ke
All selected candidates are expected to report to their respective schools from January 13 to 17.