By John Ouko,
November 24th, 2017,
As the dust settles on the just released results of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCPE), focus now shifts to the next level of education as the former candidates transit into secondary schools.
Over the years, many children who sit for the KCPE examinations as a mark of completing primary education have had to contend with other institutions of learning as like village polytechnics after missing out on secondary school admissions.
This trend is expected to come to an end as the government rolls out its plan to have free day secondary school education, ensuring that no child who sat for the exams misses out on secondary education, regardless of the marks they scored.
While releasing this year’s results at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Naiorbi, Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi said that the government was committed to ensuring that all pupils who sit for the national exams move into the available secondary schools.
Matiangi said that out of the 1,003,556 pupils who registered for the 2017 examination, 903,200 are expected to join public secondary schools while the remaining 100,356 will be enrolled in private schools.
The increase in the Form one intake is expected to come with logistical nightmares as the schools are either not enough or lack adequate facilities to cater for the expected swell in numbers. Most schools are grappling with how to increase the number of classrooms, sanitation facilities and even their number of teaching staff ahead of the expected reporting dates in January.
14 year old Goldalyn Kakuya topped this year’s examinations after she scored 455 out of a possible 500 marks. She was a pupil at the St. Annes Junior in Lubao, Kakamega County.
The Kenyan government ash set aside Kes. 56 Billion for the Free Day Secondary Education roll out plan following successful running of national examinations under the dynamic duo of Dr. Matiangi and Prof Geaorge Magoha of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC)