Form one selection biased, claims Kwale County minister

A file photo of form one students. Taita Taveta County has waived medical examination fees for students joining form one and tertiary institutions to cushion parents from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic./COURTESY

Kwale county CEC Mangale Chiforomodo, has rubbished the recently concluded form one selection process claiming pupils are being forced to join schools they do not want.

Speaking in Mwena, Lungalunga sub-county, Chiforomodo alleged that the process did not take into account pupils marks but instead sent them to schools that do not tally their marks.

According to Chiforomodo, the process was discriminatory especially to pupils who performed well with hopes of joining their dream schools.

“These Pupils may not achieve their dreams and ambitions if they can’t join schools they have desired despite qualifying”, he said.

While releasing the results of the exercise, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha disclosed that the ministry had placed 30,000 candidates in schools they had not chosen.

However, he assured residents that distributions of bursaries will be fulfilled before Christmas to allow parents enough time to plan for admission of form one students next year.