No revision of school choices after admission for Form Ones

Photo: Class Eight Pupils during a National Exam Period

The Education system in Kenya is filling all the loopholes that were undermining its sanity. The placement of Form Ones in various schools of their choices have always been characterized with back door deals winning students spots in other schools while discriminating the others.

CS George Magoha on Monday ordered the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) to open an online portal to allow candidates to revise their Form One choices before the October tests.

Photo: CS George Magoha

“I expect the Council to provide guidelines on the revision exercise to ensure it is completed by Friday, August 2, 2019,” he said.

After the exams are released the students will not have that chance which they have always been granted by the Ministry of Education.

Photo: Form One Admission

Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang said the move is meant to stop human interferences in the placement of candidates.

“Parents should be well informed and guide their children accordingly. Candidates will only be placed in one of the schools they will have selected,” he said.

The Ministry has also insisted that every school should maintain high standards during the examination period warning of any malpractice.

Photo: Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang during the past meeting

“Examination papers are safe and no leakage will be witnessed this year. Teachers must work harder and complete the syllabus,” he said.

A total of 1,788,731 candidates are expected to sit for their KCPE and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

Of these, 1,088,986 will sit the KCPE tests, while 699,745 will sit the KCSE exams.

But how will will the new move to bar students from revising their courses affect students during the Form One Admission process?

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