Professor George Magoha Cabinet Secretary for Education has today directed officials to look for 2020 KCPE candidates who have not joined form one.
The 2020 KCPE candidates were to report to various schools from the second of August to the twelfth of the same month. From the reports, some learners have not reported yet start their secondary education.
The cabinet secretary has ordered officials in the Ministry of education to look for the candidates who have not joined form one and find out the reason as to why they have not joined. In addition, they are to find out on pregnancy cases among the learners who are yet to join.
The government directive on one hundred per cent transition from primary to secondary education must be followed to the latter. Henceforth all candidates of 2020 must be followed up to ensure the directive is upheld.
Cabinet Secretary today lead a multi-sectoral campaign in Mombasa at Jomvu sub-County on the same aspect. All class eight candidates who did their exams whether expectant or not are hereby asked to report to school for form one admission.
In the Jomvu sub-county alone, close to 700 learners have not reported for form one admission. The CS was utterly disappointed by the officials in charge of education in the sub-county for failing to take action against the 700 learners who are yet to join form one.
In his statement, the CS said the schools should be filled fully and no excuses should be given to ensure the transition is 100%. Children from humble backgrounds should be given scholarships so that they can further their education. He stated that from the observation, the turn up/ transition rate is below the expectation.
The Ministry of Education officials are urged to take up their responsibility of ensuring complete transition seriously. They are to follow up the learners who have not reported and push them to join form one. Learners with minimal marks must also join form one. He stated that covid-19 might have contributed to their poor performance.
Parents might have relocated due to the pandemic which resulted in the loss of jobs and with that learners might not have attended school leading to low performance.
In ensuring complete transition, the officials are to join forces with the area chiefs and sub-chiefs to track those learners and ensure that they are in school by next week after the midterm break.
The school principals should not create any hindrance for learners not to join their schools in the name of not having a uniform, he said.
He further urged other officials to emulate what other officials do to ensure all learners transit to secondary schools from primary school. Kibera recorded an exemplary performance as all last year’s candidates were able to join form one.
Politicians and other good wishers are asked to help where necessary by sponsoring the needy students. The CDF money should be allocated based on merit and not on connections, politicians are warned.