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No candidate will miss spot in secondary school, assures Education CS

By Graham Kajilwa | April 16th 2021

Education CS George Magoha at Mtihani House, Nairobi, for the release of the 2020 KCPE results on April 15, 2021. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has assured the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates they will all get spots in secondary schools.

The CS said the Ministry of Education had carried out an audit of all the available vacancies in both public and private schools, but he did not disclose how many they were.

The selection exercise, which will be done on May 28, 2021, will place candidates in their schools of choice. However, the CS, while releasing the KCPE results yesterday, said this will be done as per declared spaces in the schools, and the candidate's performance.

“To ensure all candidates are placed in schools of their choice based on performance and available vacancies, the ministry will ensure the process is credible and of high integrity,” said Magoha.

In February this year, the ministry made changes to the selection of secondary school process in the day school category.

Abegiel Munene of Gilgil Hills Academy in Nakuru County celebrating with her parents and friends after scoring 425 marks in the just released KCPE 2020 exam results.


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Through a circular, the ministry directed headteachers to ensure that 1.1 million candidates choose secondary day schools that are in their locality where their guardians or parents reside.

“I wish to assure the country that the ministry has conducted an audit of all new and existing vacancies in all our private and public schools to enable us to admit all learners under the free day secondary school programme,” said Magoha.

A total of 1,179,192 candidates sat the 2020 KCPE exam compared to 1,083,456 in 2019.

“We are determined to work with the relevant agencies to ensure no candidate misses a place in secondary school,” said the CS.  “In the meantime, I urge all parents and guardians to take good care of our children so that all of them are able to take up their Form One spaces in schools they will be admitted to.”

At the same time, Magoha said there are 9,000 spaces under the Elimu Scholarship Programme sponsored by the Equity Bank, which are for needy children.

“Reports from all our public schools is that all those who benefitted in 2019 are doing exceptionally well,” he added.

The ministry, he said, will soon announce details on the process of application for the scholarships. 

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