Students who wrote their KCPE exams for 2020 have until Tuesday 29th to be transferred to schools of their choice
Newsyetu has established that at least 40,000 students will be admitted to high schools of their choice, if they fail to get a transfer to their preferred educational institutions.
A large number of parents have avoided the Minister of Education’s allocation in this selection process and are looking for vacancies in their favorite schools.
A parent, who spoke to our News yestu on condition of anonymity, said he had defended his son at his favorite school after parting with Sh10,000.
“When I was asked for the money I did not hesitate and do not have a guilty conscience about it because my son needs to go to school and if that money gets him a place, so be it,” said the parent.
While publicly announcing the details of the Form One nomination, CS Education Minister George Magoha said poor leadership had chosen the majority of candidates to miss out on their favorite schools.
The struggle to join the so-called elite schools while avoiding other institutions that deprived candidates of their preferred schools, prompted the department to place them randomly in existing schools, Magoha said.
CS has blamed parents and schools for failing to provide students with appropriate advice on school selection.
“This move has resulted in many candidates missing out on their favorite schools because it is not possible to select more than five students from one primary school,” Magoha said.
He appealed to principals and parents to assist students in the selection process.
On Sunday, the chairman of the Kenya Parents Association, Nicholas Maiyo, said many students did not get access to the schools of their choice.
“This will be very embarrassing for the affected families, which has resulted in a large number of parents seeking relocation,” said Maiyo.
Form 1 students are expected to report to high schools on August 2.
Of the 1,179,192 students who sat for the KCPE exam, 1,171,265 were placed in high schools.
National schools will welcome 36,254 candidates, an increase from 33,000 who joined schools at the national level last year.
Additional district schools will accommodate 201,077 students, 213,591 will join district schools, while 718,516 will join underground schools.
Schools with special needs will enroll 1827 students.