Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has announced a new formula that will see students who recorded high marks in the just released Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) 2021 placed in schools of their choice.
Speaking on Wednesday, March 30, Magoha noted that the selection will be done in a more fair way for all pupils.
According to the Education CS, affirmative action will be applied to ensure all national schools in the country have a national outlook in terms of representation.
The new formula will see all top students from across the country picked and placed in one pool before being placed in different national schools.
He explained that mixing students from different counties to different national schools is key to attaining the national outlook in the education sector.
Magoha further made it clear that parents will know the fate of their children in the next two weeks.
“We shall ensure that all Kenyan children are given equal, fair, and just treatment including those from the slums and those from Arid and semi-arid areas. We have to ensure there is affirmative action based on geographical locations in this country.
“We will take the marks of all children, then we will get the best from all those counties and place them to different national schools distributed across the nation,” Magoha stated.
He, however, stated that some students will miss the chance to join national schools because of picking schools from only one category.
Students are expected to select high schools from district, county, extra county, and national schools level.
The changes to the placement of KCPE candidates come just after Magoha announced that all students will be admitted to high school.
At the same time, Magoha hinted at returning of school games when schools reopen. The CS noted that he is currently consulting with the relevant stakeholders before the resumption of the activities in both primary and secondary schools.