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100 percent transition to Secondary schools Decrease, Report shows

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100 percent transition to Secondary schools Decrease, Report showsThe Ministry of Education’s efforts to ensure that learners complete primary and secondary school have come under scrutiny as a new report shows a declining trend.According to the Economic Survey 2022, the number of students transitioning from primary to secondary school last year was the lowest in the previous five years.According to the report, only 75.8 percent of learners moved from primary to secondary schools in 2021, compared to other years.According to the report, 85.5 percent of students graduated from high school in the same year.According to the report, the year 2020 saw the greatest number of children complete primary school and progress to secondary school.In 2020, 94.6 percent of students completed primary school. In 2020, another 91% of students will have graduated from primary to secondary school.Since 2017, the overall transition rate from primary to secondary schools has ranged from 83% to 91%.Since 2017, the completion rate for primary schools has ranged between 84% and 94.6 percent.The data has brought the ministry’s efforts to achieve 100% transition into sharp focus, even as Form One admissions for 2021 KCPE candidates begin.As students begin secondary school this week, Ministry of Education officials will need to step up their efforts to ensure that more students enroll in higher education classes.Concerns have grown over the large number of candidates who register but do not sit national examinations, putting a crimp in the three-year-old 100% transition.According to an analysis of the recently released 2021 KCPE examinations, another 11,523 candidates failed to write the tests, causing concern among stakeholders.Another 12,424 people did not take the 2020 KCPE exams.Although the number of absent candidates was lower in 2020 and 2021 compared to those who missed tests in 2020, the figures significantly increased in 2020 and 2021.In 2019, 5,530 Class Eight candidates failed the exams, but the rate increased to 12,424 in 2020 and 11,523 in 2021.According to the report, enrollment in pre-primary schools increased by 0.4% to 2,845.3 thousand in 2021. Enrollment in Primary increased by 1.1% to 10,285.1 thousand in 2021. In addition, secondary enrollment is expected to rise by 4.9% to 3.7 million by 2021.According to the report, enrolment in TVETs increased by 10.4% to 498.3 thousand in 2021, while enrollment in universities is expected to increase by 2.8% to 562.1 thousand in 2021/22.Last year, the World Health Organization and Unicef expressed concern about the long school closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.School dropouts, among other things, were warned about by the agencies due to teen pregnancies, bad habits, and poor nutrition.However, Ministry of Education officials who spoke to The Standard mentioned cases of early pregnancy and marriage among girls as a result of the prolonged school closures.For the boys, it is said that the majority of them chose commercial ventures such as fishing, boda boda business, and small income generation activities, which kept them out of school. 100 percent transition to Secondary schools Decrease, Report showsAccording to ministry officials, many students moved to pastoral communities in search of greener pastures.Many others were displaced in flood-prone areas such as Kisumu’s Nyando and Baringo districts.ALSO READ:Drug and substance abuse, cultural practices such as initiation rites in places such as Samburu and Maasai land, and conflicts in areas such as Isiolo were also cited as reasons for most candidates missing examinations.Early registration of candidates, according to education stakeholders, is largely to blame for the high number of absentee candidates.Candidates, according to the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers and the Kenya National Union of Teachers, should be registered during the examination year rather than a year before the exam.100 percent transition to Secondary schools Decrease, Report shows

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