2014 Secondary School Form One Selection / Intake

How to check the secondary school you have been admitted to via SMS and Online:

  • To check the secondary school you have been admitted to online, go to this  Website:  http://www.education.go.ke/ and enter your Index number.
  • To check the secondary school you have been admitted to via SMS,  send an SMS with your Index Number to 20042 from any network.

Update 3 16.1.2013

Pupils who missed places in secondary schools have been urged to look out for admission advertisement from youth polytechnics before the end of January.

“District youth and training officers will advertise vacancies in the youth polytechnics by January 27,” said Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi during the launch of the Form One selection on Tuesday.

“The selection has been computerised for efficiency and transparency. The guiding principle remains merit, choice, equity and availability of places,” he said.

Close to 200,000 youngsters have missed slots in secondary schools. The Cabinet Secretary said candidates who missed vacancies should report to the 700 technical and vocational training schools countrywide.

County directors of education yesterday picked up admission letters for Form One students to be delivered to the counties at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, said Mr Henry Kinyua, one of the officials involved.

National school principals on Tuesday 14th 2014 picked students selected to join their schools.

The 78 national school heads picked 17,175 best performers. All last year KCPE candidates will know the schools that they have been admitted to by January 22.

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Update 2: 14.1.2014

Nearly 200,000 pupils who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) last year will miss a place in secondary schools once the Form One selection process is completed.

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said on Tuesday that only 77 percent of all KCPE candidates in 2013 secured a place in Form One out of a total of 844,475 candidates.

He argued that the huge deficit could not be covered through the national, county, sub-county, special and private secondary schools adding that affected parents should consider enrolling their children into youth polytechnics.

Kaimenyi, who spoke during the launch of the secondary school selection process, further observed that there were only 647,602 available Form One positions this year, providing a transition rate of about 76.6 percent.

“And just to remind you, the national schools have a capacity of about 17,175. As you move up to the counties the number increases to 53,625 so that at sub-county level we are talking about a capacity of 392,742,” he explained.

Higher Education Science and Technology Principal Secretary Collete Suda reiterated Kaimenyi’s remarks saying that this year’s candidates would not only pick the secondary schools that they would like to attend but also make a selection of different technical institutions.

This, she said, would ensure that those who do not make the high school cut got a chance to develop technical skills necessary for their future survival.

“We need these people and I would like to be able to pick a technician, plumber or electrician from my rural home rather than have to travel with one from Nairobi every time I need some technical work done,” she said.

Suda also argued that this would ensure that such students do not despair because technical skills were required to drive Kenya’s Vision 2030.

According to Kaimenyi, there are 700 youth polytechnics scattered across the country and there are only nine counties which do not have these learning institutions.

The existing technical institutions have a capacity of 100,000 and the government is working towards establishing more in the remaining nine counties.

“And indeed we are almost there and money has already been provided. We can tell you that as a ministry we will endeavour to put up more technical institutions,” he said.

Parliament’s Education, Research and Technology Committee Chairperson Sabina Chege applauded the proposal adding that the polytechnics should be referred to as youth polytechnics rather than village polytechnics to remove any negative stereotypes associated with them.

The government officials also gave an assurance that this year’s Form One selection process was done on the principles of merit, equity and the students’ personal selections.

Some national schools have already picked the students they would like to work with while the remaining national schools are expected to have completed this process by Wednesday.

This will pave the way for the other categories of secondary schools to pick their students.

Kaimenyi also reminded parents that all candidates were expected to report to their schools between February 3 and 10 this year.

All primary and high school officials were also reminded to register their students for the national exams by March 31, this year

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Update 1: 3.1.2014

KCPE candidates from private schools got a reprieve on Thursday after the government announced new rules which will ensure that the top two candidates in each district will be enrolled in national secondary schools.

The candidates will be admitted to the 78 national schools regardless of whether they were in private or public primary schools. All the other qualified candidates will fight it out for national school slots using a pro-rata system developed to ensure equity.

Under the new guidelines, former provincial schools will also admit students from across the country when the selection starts on January 14.

Going by past performance, private schools which have been taking the lion’s share of the top positions in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams are likely to dominate these slots at a ratio of 2:1 over public schools.

In a circular to all education officials and principals, Education principal secretary Belio Kipsang said the guidelines are meant to ensure proportionate sharing of national secondary school slots between public and private primary schools.

The new system is aimed at achieving equity in school placement through quota and affirmative action. It will also harmonise the selection process throughout the country at the national, county and district levels.

Extra county schools — former high-performing provincial schools — will admit students at the ratio of 40 per cent nationally, 40 per cent from their respective counties and 20 per cent from their host districts.

Admission to the 78 national schools will be 100 per cent from the national catchment. An additional 27 schools have been identified for elevation to national status but will recruit their first group of students under the new rules next year.

But yesterday, private schools through their chairman, Mr Ernest Wangai, said they will only accept merit to be used in determining slots since the quota system was unfair to private schools.

“Giving the two top students in the county schools of their choice is taking merit into account; but we believe it is not enough for private schools. The government should understand that private schools are run by citizens of this country who spend their money and without any use of the tax payers’ money. This should be rewarded,” the Kenya Private Schools Association chair said.

Mr Wangai said the new model was a product of the talks between the government and their association, but warned that they would not accept anything less than the 46 per cent.

“I fear for the Nairobi County which has many private schools. I also fear that if the whole process is not automated it will be a recipe for massive corruption,” outgoing chairman Kabue Mwai said.
200,000 of the 839,759 pupils who sat last year’s KCPE exams whose results were released on Tuesday, will get Form One places.

A district’s allocation at the national level will be determined by multiplying the district KCPE candidature of a given gender with the available vacancies in a given national school and dividing it by the national KCPE candidature of a given gender.

“Selection for admission into Form One shall be done strictly on merit, equity and choice of schools by the candidates based on the available places in a particular school,” the circular reads.

The selection in the national schools begins on January 14 according to the circulation. However, a pre-selection will be conducted before the main selection at five national schools, namely:

Starehe Boys School and Centre, Starehe Girls School and Centre, Moi Forces Academy Nairobi, Moi Forces Academy Lanet and Utumishi Academy.

The selection will be computerised except for district schools which will be done manually. Reporting of Form Ones begins on February 3, while the final replacement date for those who will have forfeited their places is March 20.

Parents who wish that their children are admitted in alternative schools and those wishing to be considered for replacement will place requests with the principals of preferred schools at least a week before the official reporting date.

The PS warned parents against falling prey to middlemen who he said have been known to position themselves strategically to reap from desperate parents.

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Form One Intake Process

The Form One Intake entails the admission into either National, County or District Day Schools depending on the Candidate’s School Choices captured during the year the candidate sat for KCPE.

National Schools distribute both based on candidature and affirmative action thus enabling the each district to get a candidate selected to a National School.

The National School Quota is used to select candidates per Gender and Merit List per District. Cut-Off to each National School is automatically determined based on the last Candidate to be Selected to a given National Schools from a Given District in a County.

Couty Schools are Selected on a 40% (National): 40% (to Districts within County and Inclusive Home District of the School): 20% (for Home/Host District of the School). Not all County Schools Can attract National Quota and may be allocated quotas to only Districts within host County.

Plans for District Selection are under-way expected to be pilotted in 2014 In-take.

Selection Procedure

The Computerised selection follows the following steps:

  1. Selection of Top 1 and 2, for both Gender (boys and girls) to their national school choices if an allocation has been provided for their District. In absence, the computer assign such performing candidates schools of equivalent stature to their choices;
  2. Selection of Other National Schools Quota based on Candidates ratio from Public and Private;
  3. System gives advantage to Counties inclusive of host County in filling vacancies which may arise during the selection (such as in ability of certain Districts to produce candidates with more or equal to 280 marks);
  4. Selection of Extra-County Schools which have same features as National Schools with variance being the number of candidates to be picked being more within the host Counties of the schools;
  5. County Schools purely selects students within a County, all boarding schools fall under this category;
  6. District Selection: still done manually due to challenges of mapping primary schools or communities to proximity of secondary day schools.

Outcome of Selection

It is expected that the selection results shall be accessed though this website: http://www.education.go.ke/

Notice

Take Note that No Admission Letters shall be Issued at any District Education Offices or Ministry Headquarters.

Source: Ministry of Education

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