Review Of Placement Criteria To Consider KCPE Candidates From Marginalised Regions.
Prof Magoha stated that there will be a review of placement criteria that will include candidates from marginalized regions in the competition for the 30,000 available slots in national schools.
‘’I am not the one who is placing the children, they are being placed using a formula which will be fair to everybody and the process will be complete within the next two weeks,’’ said Magoha.
Candidates who received 400 or higher in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination will not be guaranteed Form One spaces in national schools, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced yesterday.
‘’If a child is from Samburu and got 370 marks, we will take that child to a top school and that is what national schools are meant to be. To bring cohesiveness and ensure that we continue to be one nation.’’
According to Magoha, any school where such a child will be placed will have teachers who are registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and are well trained.
‘’I do not want a situation where everyone goes to Alliance High School. Even those who got 200 marks want to go to Alliance. So if you want everyone or 5,000 children to go there, I don’t have time for that,’’ Magoha said.
He reassured parents that the process would be fair to everyone.
When the CS oversaw the writing of the final KCSE test paper, he was speaking at Precious School Riruta in Nairobi.
He believes that some of the positive results that will be released soon may come from schools other than Alliance, such as day schools.
Solomon Munene, the national vice-chairperson of the Kenya Private Schools Association, stated on Wednesday that the process should be conducted solely on merit.
“There is no private or public child. All are Kenyan children whose hard work and effort should be appreciated through fair public policies,” he said.
“We call for fair placement irrespective of whether they sat their exam in private or public institutions.”
Munene also urged the government to provide funds, textbooks, and other learning materials to all students throughout the country.
According to Alfred Nyaga of Alba School in Kutus, students in private schools put in a lot of effort and should be treated the same as those in public schools.
“We are fighting for a better share of high school slots for our pupils. Let them not be discriminated against and locked out of the schools of their choice simply because they were studying in private school.”
According to John Mugo, the owner of Kerugoya Good Shepherd, there is a widespread misconception that private school students are spoon-fed.
Review Of Placement Criteria To Consider KCPE Candidates From Marginalised Regions