Newly constructed classroom at Milimani High School in Naivasha. [Antony Gitonga, Standard]

Another teacher from Kinangop in Nyandarua County noted that stand-alone primary schools were the most affected. "We have primary schools that don't neighbour a secondary school, meaning that they will have to use the few classrooms to host the coming number of students," said the teacher.

In Uasin Gishu, the principal of Little Lambs Schools Benjamin Wemali said they had completed 16 classrooms for junior secondary, and the construction of a laboratory was underway yet the school had not been placed in the portal yet.

"We have the codes which show that we are approved to host junior secondary. Whether our school name appears in the portal or not, it does not mean that we cannot host a junior secondary school," he said.

A principal in a public school in Kisumu also claimed that the name of their school is missing from the selection list.

"We are in the process of preparing the infrastructure for learners who will join the junior secondary school but the name of our school is not among them," said the head teacher.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) blamed the ministry for lack of clarity on the process.

"The extra time extended by CS Magoha should be used to rectify these anomalies failure to which many learners will be denied access to education," said Kisumu branch executive secretary, Zablon Awange.

He asked the ministry to allow students in private institutions to choose public schools of their choice.

Charles Ochome, the national chairperson of the Kenya Private Schools Association, however, said that the process is still on and all matters will be resolved.

CBC Jwan Julius George Magoha