The Ministry of Education has published a list of high schools that have received an excessive number of applicants in comparison to their capacity.
According to Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, who released the Form One selection report in Nairobi today, seven schools had over 100,000 applications against a capacity of less than 1,000.
“During the selection, it became clear that a large number of candidates did not receive proper guidance and direction when choosing schools.” This resulted in some schools attracting far too many applicants for their capacities,” Machogu said.
The top of the list is Kericho-based Kabianga High School, which got 153,074 applications but only picked 768 students for Form 1.
Nanyuki High School received 148,827 applicants but only chose 576.
Nyandarua High School received 137,511 applications but chose just 240 students to enroll.
Pangani Girls was also on the list, with 119,265 applicants indicating a desire to attend the Nairobi-based school. The school chose 384 students for Form One.
Another institution with a large number of applicants is the Maseno School, which received 105,504 applications, but only 720 boys were chosen.
A total of 104,763 candidates expressed interest in attending Alliance Girls High School. However, the institution only chose 384 students.
Nakuru High School received 103,909 applications, but only 336 2022 KCPE students would be admitted.
The Nandi-based Kapsabet Boys School received 99,542 applications, but only 384 were accepted.
Mang’u High School received 98,146 applications despite having a capacity of 480.
Finally, Butere Girls High School received 95,550 applications from female hopefuls, but only selected 768 students.
According to CS Machogu, 33, 984 students did not apply to be a part of Form 1.
“In addition, 33,984 students from 2,673 schools did not select any school,” says the report.
The CS has also stated that all Form I students will report from February 6 to February 13, 2023.
“I am directing that all admitted students should be documented on NEMIS by March 2, 2023. “All CDEs are responsible for guaranteeing that this criteria is met.”