Education CS George Magoha has passed his test with flying colours.
He just announced that 98 per cent of the students who sat 2020 KCPE exam got a place in Form 1.
The test, which had been enforced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, has seen 1,129,637 learners placed in Form 1 in all public and private schools.
By the close of official admission on August 14, the country had recorded 80 per cent transition, meaning about 300,000 candidates had not reported to school.
A statement by Magoha accounted for 100 per cent of the 1,171,265 candidates who were selected to join Form 1 based on the 2020 KCPE exam.
“The three-week mop-up exercise has led to incredible results that have now seen the transition rate rise to 98 per cent,” Magoha said.
According to the ministry, 100 per cent of the 1,171,265 candidates were selected to join Form 1 based on 2020 KCPE exam.
Some 11,213 KCPE exam candidates were admitted to TVETs and another 2,658 have registered to sit for 2021 KCPE.
A total of 1,193 either moved away from their homes or are deceased.
Magoha further indicates that 17 counties successfully recorded 100 per cent transition, some even recorded more than 100 per cent.
“I wish to commend the counties of Tana River (107 per cent), Lamu (104 per cent), Nyandarua (101per cent), Nyeri (103 per cent), Kakamega (101 per cent), Homabay (101percent), Nyamira (101 per cent), Migori (101 per cent), Wajir (102 per cent), Isiolo (102 per cent) and Mandera (102 per cent) for exceeding the 100 per cent mark,” Magoha said.
Counties recording more than 100 per cent transition imply that they admitted all students from their county and included others from different counties.
Other counties that recorded 100 per cent transition include Mombasa, Tharaka Nithi, Samburu, Bomet, Kisumu, and Kisii.
Magoha urged parents and guardians to cooperate with National government officials to devise strategies for improving transition rates in affected counties.
“In carrying out the mop up exercise, we faced challenges in a few counties where the attitude of parents towards sending their children to Form 1 was uninspiring,” Magoha said.
The CS further highlighted that the low transition rate was caused by Covid-19 effects.
He says some parents’ incomes were affected, other families relocated from urban to rural areas while some school heads overcharged parents.
“Some families had moved from their original urban dwellings to rural homes, which meant that their children’s Form 1 preferences were changed due to the switch to new environments,” he said.
Based on the just-concluded Form 1 Admission Mop Up Exercise, 50 candidates will be offered full scholarships under the KCB Group scholarship programme.
The government spends 25.8 per cent of its total budget on education, the highest in the African region.