What You Need To Know About 2019 Form One Selection Exercise
Previously, parents were expected to wait till end of the year or early the following year to know which high schools their children would be admitted to. However, with the current leadership at the Ministry of Education, parents and students are now given ample time to prepare psychologically and financially to step into the next level of education.
Today, the Education CS Prof George Magoha launched the form one selection process that is set to see all the students who sat for the 2019 KCPE join secondary school.
According to education expert Jasper Ondimu, “early selection gives the parents and students an opportunity to prepare psychologically while giving the parents more time to prepare financially to facilitate all that is required for their children before January. This is also a festive season and most people spend a lot of money during this period so this will give them time to buy things and prioritize their children’s education.’’
This year, 1,083,456 candidates sat for the KCPE exams and 1,075,201 have been placed in secondary schools, excluding inmates, overage students and refugees in camps.
The CS cautioned parents and teachers to effectively help students pick appropriate secondary schools as some of their selections put them at a disadvantage. For instance, 111,817 students chose Pangani Girls as a first choice yet the school can only take in 336 students. Alliance High school which has a capacity of 384 had a total of 83,489 choice selections.
The high school selection this year is strictly based on merit and by students’ choices. While most students who perform well have a tendency of choosing top performing schools as their first choice, this disadvantages them by leaving them at the mercy of the remaining schools since the top schools cannot accommodate them all.
The ministry also noted the inadequate capacities of places in secondary schools in some counties like Nairobi County have a capacity of 23,613 yet it had a candidature of 62,973. Therefore learners in these affected counties will be placed in neighbouring counties and not in their choices.
National schools will take in 33,009 students while extra-County schools will accommodate 184,816 students. 188,454 students will be enrolled in County schools, SNE will take in 777 students and 669,145 students will be enrolled in Sub-County schools.
All learners selected to join the schools will receive and download their admission letters online on the Ministry of Education’s www.education.go.ke site.
Upon downloading the admission letter, each student is expected to take the letter to the head teacher of the primary school they sat their exams at for authentication. This same letter will be verified by the Principal of the admitting school.
Parents are therefore advised to use the next four weeks to make necessary arrangements to facilitate their who are set to join high school. All form one students are set to report to school on 13 January 2020 while the last reporting date is on 17 January 2020.
From today onwards, all national and extra county schools placements can be accessed by texting the candidate’s index number to 22263.
The County form one selection will be launched on 4 December 2019 while Sub county placements will be launched on 6 December 2019. All private schools are expected to finish their placements by 16 December 2019.
The Education CS Prof George Magoha is calling on all the members of public to report any cases of learners who fail to join Form one and file any cases of excessive fees and levies with the Ministry as parents are only expected to pay the amount of fess set by the ministry.
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