Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha inspects 2019 KCSE Chemistry Practical exams in a Nairobi school. This year's Chemistry practical has been doffed by cheating claims and assertions that one of the reagents used is very poisonous.

The missing 2020 form one students; CS Magoha leads drive to find them

The Ministry of Education has today stated that a total of 150,000 form ones are yet to report to secondary school. This is despite the fact that the January 24, 2020 reporting deadline has elapsed. According the Ministry only 80 percent of the learners who sat for the 2019 KCPE examination have reported to their schools of choice. The Ministry now says it will launch a mop up campaign to find the missing learners and ensure 100 percent transition.

Here is an excerpt of a presser from the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha;

“Reporting dates for all Form One students were between 13th January, 2020 and 24th January, 2020. By 12pm today, 852,000 learners (80 per cent) of the 1,075,000 candidates who sat KCPE in 2019 had reported to secondary schools countrywide.
Reports from all parts of the country indicate that large numbers of students have flocked to various schools ahead of today’s 5pm reporting deadline.

We therefore expect the figures to rise to the peak by the end of today when we compile final figures.
Although these are commendable admission levels, it is projected that we could still have about 150,000 candidates who may not beat the deadline of reporting. These will include candidates of private schools and those who reported to schools that they had not been selected to, thereby missing out on the NEMIS data capture.

I am happy that some counties have already hit the 100 per cent mark as I will outline
shortly. Some schools have also registered 100 percent transition, induding the State
House Girls (where we are), which has registered all the candidates who were selected to join the institution, including a class of 95 day scholars.

Some of the reasons for the low transition in these counties include:

  • Repetitions- some children opted to repeat Class 8
  • Some learners opted to join TVET institutions
  • Early marriages and teenage pregnancies

To ensure we achieve the 100 per cent transition rates, the Government will, from tomorrow (Saturday January 25, 2020) start a countrywide mop up campaign to trace all candidates who are yet to report to schools. I have consulted with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and Teachers Service Commission and resolved to engage jointly in the mop up campaign. We have directed our field officers to comb all their regions to find the candidates who are yet to report to schools and ensure that they are enrolled in the schools they were placed in.

Candidates at the sub-county levels should report to day schools nearest to them. During this period, Principals and Head Teachers should enhance support services to help young mothers selected to their schools to enrol, focus on learning and minimize distractive practices. All education officials in all counties should map out the 2019 KCPE candidates from their regions and make special arrangements for them to join Form One.

During this mop up exercise, and to address socio-cultural barriers to secondary education, national administrative arms will work with county and sub-county education
officials to ensure that no child is locked out of secondary education for any reason. Over the period, Ministry officials will file accurate daily returns on the status of reporting to schools until we attain the 100% transition.

It is the constitutional right of every Kenyan child to acquire free and compulsory basic
education. The Ministry will generate lists of unreported students per Sub County for
purposes of tracking them and ensuring that they are admitted accordingly. The head
teachers of respective schools where the students sat the KCPE are therefore called upon to make available all the vital information to aid the process of ensuring that all students enroll in secondary schools.”


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Only Murang’a, Nyeri, Nairobi, Vihiga and Tharaka Nithi counties surpassed the 100% transition mark. Worst hit (with low transition rates) are Kilifi, West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit and Tana River.

The CS has, in the past few days, led a door to door campaign to actualize the 100 percent initiative. Here is a collation of the images showing the efforts by the CS (Images/ Courtesy):






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