Change In School Calendar To Delay Form One Selection

The 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates will have wait longer than in previous years to know the secondary schools they will join, according to sources at the Education ministry.

Results of the exams they wrote are expected to be announced this week, but our team has established that Form One selection will not start immediately as it has been the tradition.

The delay this year will be occasioned by the fact that the learners will not join secondary schools immediately.

The more than 1.1 million learners will have to wait until July to avoid an overlap since the 2020 Form One class still has one term to complete their academic year. In the revised school calendar, Term One of 2021 is scheduled to begin on July 26, 2021.

It is likely that the Form Ones will report with the rest of the learners on the date to avoid losing more time. The term will take only 10 weeks, with schools closing on October 1.

Placement system

The results are expected any day from today since marking of scripts insha and Composition have been marked.

Last week, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said marking of the multiple-choice questions had already been finalised and the results would be made public once compilation and harmonisation was done.

According to the sources, the release of the results will also depend on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s diary since they will first be presented to him.

The computerised placement system relies on merit, choice of schools and the capacity at the selected school.

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