7,000 KCPE candidates to join National Schools as hundreds miss Form One...

7,000 KCPE candidates to join National Schools as hundreds miss Form One slots

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7,000 pupils who scored 400 marks and above in Kenya certificate Primary Education exams 2015 have been selected to go to National schools.

The pupils were selected during the ongoing form one selections exercise.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i officially launched the selection exercise on Thursday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi and directed National schools to start sending acceptance letters to the selected students online

Mr Matiang’i said this will reduce cases of middlemen who act as conmen and asked parents to help children in choosing the schools of their choice.

‘Many pupils opt for popular national schools like Mang’u High School, Kenya High School yet there are other schools that can be chosen. There are situations whereby the students do not even pick a school,’says Matiang’i

About 730,000 pupils are expected to join secondary schools this year compared to 696,000 last year.

Which means 30, 000 more pupils are expected to join form one this year.

According to the education ministry , a total of 927,401 pupils sat the exams last year, 7,000 of whom obtained 400 marks and above and will all be expected to join national schools.

National schools have since 2012 increased from 18 to 103 with an admission capacity of 23,085 up from 4,175.

Meanwhile, the form one selection exercise is facing challenges after it emerged that many students chose the same national schools while other boys chose girls schools and vice versa.

Director of Secondary education Robert Masese many pupils chose Alliance Girls, Mangu and Alliance Boys.

’137,000 candidates chose Alliance Girls, Mang’u High School 136,870 and 136,660 went for Alliance Boys. This is a big challenge as we do not get to meet the expectations of all the candidates’ Masese continues.