Form One admission: Schools lists to be revealed on Monday

In Summary


The first group to know their schools are those joining the 103 national schools and who scored more than 400 marks.

Some 12,273 candidates scored between 401 and 500 marks which means they will get a direct ticket to national schools.

The selection of students for Form One is guided by four key considerations:

  • Merit,
  • equity,
  • choice and
  • Affirmative action.

    Top national schools usually get as many as 100,000 applications from candidates yet they can only admit about 600.

    Candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will from Monday know the schools they will join in January.

    The first group to know their schools are those joining the 103 national schools and who scored more than 400 marks.

    The selection, which started two weeks ago under the leadership of Director of Secondary Education Paul Kibet, came to an end on Friday in Naivasha with Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed visiting the team for a brief.

    Some 12,273 candidates scored between 401 and 500 marks which means they will get a direct ticket to national schools.

    In January this year, some 29,712 students joined national schools which means that next year, the number could go up.

    Those who scored between 301 and 400 marks are 228,414 which means that some of them will still end up in national schools but depending on the region they come from with students from 17 marginalised areas being the greatest beneficiaries.

    The selection of students for Form One is guided by four key considerations: Merit, equity, choice and affirmative action.

    More importantly is the obligation to ensure 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary education.

    The team that was meeting in Naivasha had a tough task which was to ensure that selection to national schools reflects the face of the country.

    They also had a responsibility to ensure candidates are placed in schools based on their gender, and implement affirmative action, among other factors.

    Additionally, the top five candidates of either gender from every sub-county will be placed in national schools on the basis of the choices they made during registration for KCPE.

    The ministry has also a responsibility to ensure equity in placement in national schools by applying sub-county quotas based on candidature strength and affirmative action where a sub-county candidature is too low to attract a quota.

    Minorities

    By design, affirmative action aims to guarantee the participation of minorities and marginalised groups in national schools
    as guided by the Constitution. The selection will take place at national and regional levels.

    The national launch will take place on Monday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) while the regional launch will be on December 5 at designated venues within the regions.

    Ms Mohamed will preside over the exercise where selection lists for national schools will be issued with county directors of education, Teachers Service Commission county directors and principals of national schools expected to attend.

    The regional launch will run from December 5 to 7 in 10 areas.

    In the North Rift region, the exercise will take place at Moi Girls’ High School Eldoret and the participating counties will be Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Turkana and West Pokot while in Coast region, the exercise will be at Coast Girls’ High School and will cover Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Taita-Taveta and Lamu.

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    In the South Rift, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang will supervise the event at Afraha High School, which will cover Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok, Baringo, Samburu and Laikipia.

    The selection will take place at national and regional

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