Best national schools
“I’m going to switch off my phone, so don’t even bother looking for me,” he said, adding that parents should take their children to the schools they have been admitted to instead of canvassing for places in the top schools.
All the 15 preferred institutions are national schools and happen to have a long record of exemplary performance at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. There are 103 national schools in Kenya, which means there is a possibility some national schools might not have attracted any applications.
National schools are usually classified into three clusters and candidates select four schools from every cluster, three extra-county schools, two county schools and two sub-county schools.
The choices by the learners are influenced by the superior learning infrastructure in the popular national schools that is incomparable to the poor state in sub-county schools, where 718,516 learners have been placed.
The popular schools include Nanyuki High (154,524), Kabianga High (142,640), Pangani Girls’ (124,982), Nyandarua High (123,976), Alliance Girls’ (105,053), Maseno (104,581), Nakuru High (100,840), Kapsabet Boys’ (95,642), Butere Girls’ (94,774), Mbooni Girls’ (93,515), Mang’u (93,271), Alliance (87,229), Kisumu Girls’ (86,456), Nakuru Girls’ (85,764) and Moi Girls’– Eldoret (85,494).
“In this year’s selection, we moved a notch higher in applying the affirmative action provision by opening opportunities for a number of children from slums. Through this, we managed to place an additional 667 learners from slums in urban areas in national and extra-county schools,” Prof Magoha said.
The Form One learners will report on August 2, 2021, one week after the other learners report for Term One. School heads will be expected to file daily returns on the reporting trends.
Chiefs and other provincial administration officers will be deployed to mop up the learners to ensure 100 per cent transition. The CS announced that Sh1.9 billion has been set aside for the purchase of more chairs and desks for both primary and secondary schools.