Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha stated yesterday that candidates who scored 400 or higher in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination will not be guaranteed Form One spots in national institutions.
In the battle for the approximately 30,000 spots in national schools, Prof Magoha said there will be a revision of placement criteria that will include candidates from marginalized regions.
He also stated that the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination has begun and will be completed in two weeks.
This indicates that the results of the 800,000 or so KCSE candidates may be available by the end of the month.
‘’I am not the one who is placing the children, they are being placed using a formula which will be fair to everybody and the process will be complete within the next two weeks,’’ said Magoha.
If a youngster from Samburu scores 370 points, we will send him or her to a top school, which is what national schools are supposed to be. “To foster unity and ensure that we remain a single nation.”
According to Magoha, any school in which such a child is placed will have teachers who are registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and are well-trained.
“I don’t want to live in a world where everyone attends Alliance High School.” Even those who received 200 points desire to attend Alliance. So, if you want everyone or 5,000 youngsters to go, I don’t have time,” Magoha replied.
He reassured parents that the procedure would be fair to all parties involved.
When the CS observed the drafting of the final KCSE test paper, he was speaking at Precious School Riruta in Nairobi.
He believes that some of the promising results that will be released soon will come from schools other than Alliance, such as day schools.
Magoha disputed that KCSE examinations were leaked before and during the writing of the exams.
“Before test papers are handed to anyone to take to schools,” he stated, “I have demonstrated media more than eight security mechanisms that no one can mess with.”
“As a result, all supplies were delivered safely to all containers with exact examination features as they were packaged, and no examination packages were breached in any region of the country.”
He said that 300 phones were seized from teachers, candidates, and school personnel.