Learners who sat for the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, exams will know the secondary schools they have been selected to join; this week. The selection exercise for the over 30,000 students who will be joining the 136 National Schools, in January 2020, is now complete and the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha is expected to announce the results on Monday.
The over one million learners who sat for the 2019 KCPE exams will be waiting with bated breadth to know which of the 10,000 Secondary schools they will be joining come January 2020.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS SELECTION.
The selection exercise for National schools kicked off immediately after the release of the 2019 KCPE results; on November 18 at Naivasha. All the 9,770 students who scored over 400 marks are assured of slots in the National schools. These will be joined by the top five boys and girls from each sub county countrywide; irrespective of the marks they scored. Other criteria like affirmative action have been put in place to ensure learners from marginalized areas are catered for.
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SELECTION FOR OTHER SCHOOLS
Meanwhile, the regional selection exercise will be carried out between December 3 and 5 at designated venues across all the regions; countrywide. It is expected that all learners will be able to know the schools they have been selected to join in fortnight.
The selection of candidates to Extra-County schools is based on a ratio of 20:40:40. This means that 20% of available vacancies in an extra county school goes students from the Subcounty where the school is found. While the host county and other counties get 40% each.
On its part, the selection criteria for students joining County schools in based on the 20:80 ratio. This means that 20% of the available slots in a County school go the hosting Sub-County while the remaining 80% are shared among other Subcounties; in that County.
After the selection is complete Parents/ Guardians will then be able to receive the selection results via the Short Text Message Service, SMS. The admission letters for the 2020 form ones will then be available at the Education Ministry’s portal for the students to download. The 2020 form ones are expected to report to their respective schools in January as the schools re-open for term one; as was the case in 2019.
GOVERNMENT’S 100% TRANSITION POLICY TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
The good news for the over one million 2019 KCPE candidates is that all of them will get vacancies in form one in 2020. “His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked the Ministry of Education to ensure that every child who sits the KCPE Examination is admitted to secondary school under the 100 per cent transition policy. The aim of the Government is to ensure that all Kenyan children get basic education until Form Four,” said Education CS Professor George Magoha while releasing the 2019 KCPE results on Monday November 18, 2019. “I wish to assure the country that the Ministry has put in place measures to fulfil the 100 per cent transition policy in 2020. All the candidates whose results will be released today should expect to be admitted to Form One. The Ministry has already conducted a mapping exercise of vacancies in all categories of schools that will admit all the candidates,” added CSMagoha.
EXPANSION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THE 100 PER CENT TRANSITION POLICY
The Kenyan Government has taken measures to expand the Secondary Schools infrastructure so as to accommodate the large numbers of admissions. “The Government is determined to address some of the expected challenges of the 100 per cent transition. As a result, the Government – together with development partners under the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project – will roll out a Sh8 billion programme to build classrooms and laboratories in 110 sub-counties located in 30 counties next year. These classes will ease the pressure on the existing facilities in our secondary schools,” the CS said.
LAUNCH OF THE ELIMU SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR NEEDY LEARNERS
The Government will from next year (2020) put 9,000 Form One students from targeted regions under a full scholarship programme called ‘ELIMU SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME’. Learners with over 280 marks have been urged to apply for the grant. The programme will be run under the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project. Additionally, all the girls who will be selected as beneficiaries of the Elimu Scholarship Programme will also be supplied with free sanitary towels for the full period of their secondary school education.
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