Thousands Of Candidates Shift Focus To Form One Placement In Secondary.
Thousands of candidates have shifted their focus to form one placement in secondary schools after Education CS professor George Magoha released 2021 KCPE examination results yesterday.
According to the Kenya National Examinations Council 1,225, 507 candidates sat for the 2021 KCPE national examination, and an increase of 33,755 candidates compared to the number in the previous academic year.
The hike in the number of candidates is a great concern for the public secondary schools following the 100 per cent government transition policy.
Many public schools in the country are congested and this scenario will be experienced further in 2022 academic year, putting more strain on the available resources in public schools across the country.
All the 2021 KCPE candidates will join the 10,359 public schools and 1600 private schools.
The government through the Ministry of Education is still enforcing the 100 per cent transition policy to secondary schools. For the last four years the government has been in the front line enforcing the policy to ensure all candidates access education in secondary schools.
The placement of 2021 KCPE candidates to secondary schools has started immediately after the release of examination result.
The candidates who have just received their results and their families have just a month to prepare to join secondary schools with schools set to reopen on 25th April 2022 for first term 2022 academic year and Form ones will report a week later.
In the latest 2022 academic calendar first term will take 10 weeks ending July 1. The learners in all secondary institutions will have a three-day half-term break between 26th and 2oth May.
High competition from the leading candidates is expected for slots in the top performing secondary schools like Pangani Girls, and Alliance, and Kenya High, Mangum, Kapsabet Boys, Moi Tea, Moi girls Eldoret, among others which usually are preferred by top students because of performance and high levels of discipline.
A few slots will be available for the schools like Starehe Boys Centre, Starehe girls Centre, Moi forces academy, lanet, utumishi, Nakuru and Moi Tea Girls which pre-select their students before the national selection exercise.
The computerized system of selection relies on the learner’s merit, choice of school and position in their county as well as the capacity at the selected school.
In the previous placement exercise, candidates have been left dissatisfied after failing to secure their schools of preference.