Shortage of Form One Slots in Secondary Schools

  • About 17,000 candidates who sat for 2018 KCPE may miss form one slots in secondary schools despite President Uhuru Kenyatta's promise that there would be 100 per cent transition to high school.

    Data from the ministry reveals that there are no adequate slots in secondary schools for 9,310 boys and 7,395 girls who sat the examination.

    The capacity for each school is computed on the basis of 48 students per class for national and extra county schools. For county and sub-county schools, the membership per class is taken to be 45 students.

    So far, 31,337 students have already been placed across the 103 national schools.

    According to information from the ministry, there are 129,168 slots in all the 540 extra county schools and 151,605 slots in 1,030 county schools.

    Majority of the students will be admitted to 7,085 sub-county schools which have spaces for 647,305 students.

    Private secondary schools will offer 60,356 vacancies for form ones which are a reduction from the 66,992 in 2018.

    Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has remained adamant that there will be no second selection as the National Parents Association has urged.

    “As I announced during the release of the KCPE results, there will be no second selection. There is, therefore, no reason for parents to delay their children from reporting to schools on the provided dates,” stated Amina.

    The reporting date for students in all categories of schools is January 7, 2019, and not later than January 11, 2019.