Government Keen On 100 Percent School Transition from Primary to Secondary

The government’s 100 per cent transition policy has registered an impressive progress so far, with a reported rate to secondary schools standing at 98 per cent after the recent mop out.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof.  George Magoha however said that, parents’ attitude and poverty have been the major hindrance to the remaining uptake of 20 per cent, but emphasized that the government has accounted for all students in its bid to ensure 100 per cent transition.

CS Magoha urged parents, guardians and teachers to co-operate with the National and County Government officials to devise strategies of raising transition rates in the affected counties.

“We have managed to account for 100 per cent of the 1,171,265 candidates who were selected to join Form One,” he said.

Magoha in a statement issued indicated that 1,129,637 have been placed in Form one in public and private schools with some 2,658 having registered to re-sit the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination.

“Some 11,213 have joined TVET while 1,193 either moved away from their homes or are deceased,” Magoha said, reiterating that the data clearly indicates successful transition policy.

He however decried some parental attitude and poverty as some of the challenges the ministry encountered, terming them uninspiring.

He further reiterated the government’s commitment in supporting learners in secondary schools despite challenges of inadequate infrastructure in some schools.

“We are pleased to announce that over 50 poor children are now in schools of their choice after a scholarship was offered to them,” further appealing to the private sector to partner with the government in providing scholarships to needy and vulnerable children in the country.

The government started the 100 per cent transition policy in 2018 in a joint effort that involved the Ministries of Education and Interior and has sustained it to date, albeit with hitches.

In the inaugural year, the government achieved 83.3 per cent transition while in 2019, it achieved slightly above 97 per cent transition.

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