The Ministry of Education has issued a directive that affects the ongoing Form 1 admission exercise.
Details show that day secondary schools are recording poor reporting rates of Form One students compared to boarding institutions.
Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Sara Ruto said students selected to boarding schools are taking up slots at a higher rate of about 90 per cent.
The reporting trends in schools show those in Kirinyaga county leading at 85 per cent of reporting, said Dr Ruto.
However, Lamu, Tana River And Turkana counties have recorded the least reporting of Form One students.
Dr Ruto attributed the sluggish rate of taking up day schools slots to speculation among parents, who are still hoping to secure places in other schools.
“We encourage these students to take up their places and start learning,” said Dr Ruto, who also attributed the trend to challenges faced in changing schools.
“These are cases where parents having sought change of placement in schools and when it is executed, they decide that the original school is better or get a third school that they prefer,” said Dr Ruto.
She said in some cases, parents were changing placement but their children insist on the school they were selected to.
Dr Ruto also said that there have been instances of parents objecting to change in placement of their children.
After the results of the selection were announced on June 15, there are parents who placed requests in various schools and were asked to wait.
The Ministry of Education has now issued fresh order to Principals of secondary schools regarding the exercise.
Below is a memo addressed to Regional and County Directors of Education earlier yesterday.
All Regional Directors of Education
All County Directors of Education
RE: THE 2021 FORM ONE ADMISSION EXERCISE
As you are aware, the reporting exercise for the 2021 Form One cohort to their respective schools was scheduled to start from Monday, 2nd August 2021 and close on Friday, 7th August 2021.
Whereas a majority of the students have reported to their schools across the country, there are still a number of students that have yet to be enrolled.
To ensure all the 2020 KCPE candidates are admitted to Form One in the spirit of the 100 per cent transition, the Ministry had decided to extend the reporting period by one week to enable parents/guardians enroll their children in various secondary school.
At the same time, all principals of schools are instructed to admit all learners reporting, including those who may not have the full school fees. Principals are directed to engage parents and guardians to make arrangements for fees payment.
The mop up exercise to ensure 100 per cent transition will assume a multi-agency approach involving various state agencies like in the previous years.
You are, therefore, directed to ensure elaborate plans and strategies are put in place to reach out and enroll all remaining students to secondary schools by end of the extension period.
FOR PRINCIPAL SECRETARY