Form One student placement will begin in two weeks time. The Ministry of Education has also announced new transition rules.
Secondary schools are expected to make adjustments to the instructions for KCPE candidates joining Form 1 in January, according to a circular dated November 1, 2022, from the Principal Secretary (PS) for Basic Education.
According to the PS, the Form 1 reporting deadline is January 30, 2023. To safeguard parents from school exploitation, the PS has directed principals to stop putting purchase requests on parents.
He has instructed principals to stop directing parents to buy uniforms or other supplies from specific stores.
“Schools must not direct parents to procure uniforms or any other materials from a central location.” “At the same time, schools should not ask parents to come and buy items in the school,” reads the Ministry circular.
Private schools have already spoken out ahead of the Form 1 selection and placement process.
The Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) has asked the government to ensure impartiality in Form One selection.
According to the association’s vice chairman, Solomon Munene, the selection should be influenced by candidates’ achievement in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam.
“The government should reward hard work and let all candidates join secondary schools of their choice as per their performance,” said Munene.
He added: “All candidates are Kenyan children and it is our belief that Form One selection will be fair to all. Private schools are keenly watching.”
Munene further requested that the Ministry of Education consider incorporating private secondary schools in Form One selection and placement.
“Private secondary schools struggle to get Form One students because they are excluded from the selection. This is unfair because private secondary schools have invested a lot in infrastructure and learning materials and yet their facilities are greatly underutilised,” Munene said.
He said that national government support will lure parents to private secondary schools, easing overcrowding in public secondary schools.
According to the Ministry of Education, all schools will reopen on January 23rd, 2023.