As I release the 2014 KCPE examination result today, I also would like to assure all parents and guardians that appropriate arrangements are in place to admit the 2014 KCPE examination candidates into public secondary schools based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and student choice. Efforts will be made to ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with their education when the selection is done.
I am delighted to note that the additional 27 schools that were upgraded to national schools in addition to already existing 78 national schools with the 2014 KCPE examination cohort of candidates, bringing the total of national schools that shall admit students in the year 2015 to 105. Due to the measures put in place by the government and private sector to expand the number of form one places, the ministry has projected that the transition rate from primary to secondary in the year 2015 will be as high as 78%. Subsequently, given that 78% would translate to approximately 687,000 of the 2014 cohort, we are sure therefore that all the candidates with a mark of 200 and above will be admitted into form one. Indeed, it is my ministry’s intention to admit even more candidates in form one in the coming years until we reach a situation where every candidate sitting for the KCPE examination can be assured of a place in our secondary schools.
However, I wish to emphasize here that there is still hope for those who will not gain admission into form one.
Such candidates should be encouraged to join youth polytechnics which are now operational in almost every village across this country. Such candidates with diligence, hard work can attain the highest level of education if they wish so through alternative pathways as stipulated in the Technical, Vocational Education & Training Act 2013.
KNEC will be advertising courses that class eight pupils can be eligible for in tomorrow’s daily newspapers and parents and guardians of children who do not proceed to form one are hereby encouraged to enroll their children for the advertised courses.