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How to check form one selection 2017/2018 via SMS and Online

Form One Selection 2017 / 2018

How to Check Form One Selection and placement 2018 online

To check which school your child has been admitted to, go to the Ministry of Education website or click HERE

  1. Select the county and sub-county you sat KCPE then key in your index number and Submit.
  2. Click on the link named “admission letter” at the bottom of the page for a copy of your admission letter.
  3. Use the printer icon to print or download icon to download to your computer.
  4. Get your primary school’s headteacher to endorse the letter and stamp it in the space provided.
  5. Finally, present it for admission together with a certified copy of birth certificate

How to Check Form One Intake 2017 via SMS

To find the secondary school where you or your child has been placed, just send an SMS with your Index Number to 20042 from any network.

The charges of sending this SMS will be determined by the individual mobile company you will be using.

Issuing of Form One admission letters suffers setback

Updated: 11.12.2017

A number of parents and students have been thrown into panic mood after the Education ministry suspended the issuing of letters by schools to students joining Form One next year, citing data challenges.

Students affected by the hitch are those joining extra county and county schools.

“This is to request you to ask all principals of county schools in your areas to hold back the selection lists released to them at regional launches, awaiting further direction on the county data that seems to have had a challenge,” Basic Education director Robert Masese told regional coordinators of education and county directors of education.

He said the issue also affects the sub-county selection that was concluded on Monday across the country.

DISAPPOINTMENT

On Monday, a number of parents expressed their disappointment over their lack of information on the schools their children had been selected to join.

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“County schools not ready. You shall access at latter date,” reads a message on the Education ministry’s website.

A total of 647,800 students will join 6,858 sub-county schools as the government moves to implement free day secondary education.

All Form One students selected to all categories of schools will report to their respective schools on January 9 and not later than January 12.

All the 10,738 candidates who scored 400 marks and above have been placed in national schools.

Form One Selection 2017 Video

County, sub-county schools to admit the bulk of F1 students

Category: Form One Admission 2017/2018

County and sub-county schools will admit the bulk of Form One students as the government rolls out the free day secondary education next month.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said in Nairobi on Monday that 647,800 students, representing about 63 per cent of the admissions, will join these schools.

Dr Matiang’i said 10,738 pupils, including the 9,848 who scored 400 marks and above in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam, have been placed in national schools.

The placement was guided by merit, equity, choice and affirmative action, which ensured that all sub-counties have candidates in national schools.

Form One Admission 2017/2018 Guided by Equity and Merit.

“The ministry ensures equity in placings for national schools by applying sub-county quotas based on candidate strength and affirmative action where a sub-county candidature is too low to attract a quota,” Dr Matiang’i explained. “By design, affirmative action aims to guarantee the participation of minorities and marginalised groups in national schools as clearly guided by the Constitution.

“Additionally, the top five candidates of either gender from every sub-county have been placed into national schools on the basis of the choices they made during registration for KCPE where possible.”

The ministry announced that all the 993,718 candidates who sat this year’s primary leaving examination are expected to join Form One. Extra-county schools will admit 123,399 pupils as 69,880 enrol in private institutions.

Elite schools such as Kenya High, Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Nairobi School, Mang’u High, Starehe Boys, Lenana School, Moi Forces Lanet, Starehe Girls, Maseno School, Utumishi Academy, Moi Forces Academy, Moi Girls Eldoret, Nakuru Boys, Maryhill Girls, Loreto Limuru, Limuru Girls and Nakuru Girls took the top performers.

Form One Admission 2017/2018: Kenya High

For instance, top girl Goldalyn Kakuya, who scored 455 marks, will join Kenya High School while Sharon Nkatha Murega and Gathoni Macharia, who were second with 447 marks, were admitted to Alliance Girls High School. Lawrence Karani, who scored 445 marks, joins Alliance Boys High School.

This year, transmission of admission letters online will also include those of county schools in addition to national and extra-county schools, which pioneered last year. Selection to county schools will be done at the end of the week after regional launches on December 8 while sub-county selections will be concluded on December 11.

“Consequently, receipt of admission letters by candidates and their parents shall be instantaneous for all candidates selected to join national, extra-county and county schools,” said the CS.

Private and public secondary schools have a total of 1,053,742 slots for Form One admission, bringing the surplus to around 50,000. Last year, 790,680 pupils joined secondary schools, meaning extra streams are likely to be created and more teachers hired to accommodate the increased enrolment.

Form One Selection 2017: Enough Capacity

But Dr Matiang’i said: “We have enough capacity. We suspect because of free secondary education we will have a backlog. There could be those who missed Form One last year and would want to enrol this year.”

In the free day secondary education programme, every student was allocated Sh22,244 annually, up from Sh12,870, for tuition. The government will also pay registration fees for national exams. The capitation will be disbursed in the ratio of 50:30:20 in first, second and third terms.

The ministry has used Sh6.4 billion to construct 2,740 classrooms, 349 laboratories and 326 sanitation blocks in 2,710 regular and 30 special needs secondary schools.

Some of them are complete and the rest will be next month, said the CS.

Day school wings have been opened in boarding schools, especially in Nairobi, to maximise use of resources and delink admission from bed capacity.

KCPE candidates who scored 400 marks and above will today know high schools they will join next year

Category: Form One Selection 2017

The 9,848 KCPE candidates who scored 400 marks and above will today know the high schools they will join next year.

The selection of next year’s Form One students will be launched by Education CS Fred Matiang’i at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

County directors of education, principals of all national schools, secondary school heads association officials, and key education officials under State agencies will attend.

During today’s function, Dr Matiang’i is expected to give the road map on how free day secondary education will be implemented.

KCPE candidates

Matiang’i announced that all the KCPE candidates who scored 400 marks and above – 498,775 boys and 494,943 girls – will get slots in national schools.

The CS said each candidate will be placed on merit regardless of whether they sat the examinations in public or private schools.

There are about 105 national schools. The focus will, however, be on the traditional national schools that have dominated performance in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination in the past.

The selection team allocates slots based on a computer programme that uses merit as the main criterion.

Secondary Schools Ready For 2017 Form One Selection

Category: Form One Selection 2017

Schools have created more than one million Form One places in readiness for a massive enrolment in January.

The slots in both public and private secondary schools will be more than enough for the 993,000 candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education this year and have been specifically created to support the free day secondary school programme which will begin in January.

The government will roll out the programme on Monday and will begin with slotting in all the candidates, hoping to achieve a 100 per cent transition rate from primary to secondary school.

Previously, all schools have been enrolling between 500,000 and 600,000 students leaving out about 250,000.

Government sources said public and private schools in the country have reported a total of 1,054,000 places in Form One, meaning there is a surplus for all KCPE exam candidates.

However, the exact breakdown of slots in public schools and those in private schools will be known today at the launch of Form One selection.

Form One Selection 2017: Expanded Facilities

The government mid this year gave more than 2,000 day schools about Sh6 billion to expand their facilities in readiness for the intake.

Elite national schools, which will receive their enrolment lists today at the Kenya Institute Of Curriculum Development (KICD) Nairobi are Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Mang’u High, Maseno, Starehe Boys, Starehe Girls, Nairobi School, Lenana School, Kenya High School, Moi Forces Lanet, Moi Forces Academy, Utumishi Academy, Moi Girls Eldoret, Nakuru Boys, Nakuru Girls, Maryhill Girls, Loreto Limuru and Limuru Girls.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will preside over the selection to hand lists containing candidates picked to join the 105 national schools on January 9.

Sunday evening, Dr Matiang’i and the Basic Education principal secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang’, were holding a meeting with senior ministry officials to put the final touches to the selection results.

The Nation learnt that Dr Matiang’i will use the occasion to make far-reaching policy changes in education, including a new order that books will be supplied to schools directly from January. He will also spell out measures to implement the Free Day Secondary learning programme.

Form One Selection 2017: Top Schools

Those invited include principals of the more than 100 national schools, officials of the secondary school heads association and county directors of education.

Officials of the ministries of Education and ICT spent last week in Naivasha, where they placed all the candidates to the top schools.

Today’s event is, therefore, simply an occasion at which principals are provided with lists of the candidates they will admit to their schools. The selection is done using a computer programme based on a candidate’s choices.

While releasing the 2017 KCPE results recently, Dr Matiang’i said the selection will be fair and quick.

“Selection of candidates into public secondary schools will be based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and student choice,” he said. “Efforts will also be made to ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with their education,” he said.

Form One Admission Letters 2017/2018

Letters of Form One selection are posted on the ministry’s website and schools can print them out.

A circular to all principals from Dr Kipsang’ said candidates joining boarding schools will get their admission details on the ministry’s website.

Of the candidates to be selected, 498,775 are boys and 494,943 girls. All candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be admitted to national schools, irrespective of whether they were in private or public schools.

Recently, Dr Matiang’i said parents would not go through the annual nightmare of hunting for schools since all pupils will get places.

Some 9,848 candidates scored more than 400 marks, while 217,307 candidates scored between 301 and 400 marks.

Form One Admission: More Teachers

A further, 529,897 scored between 201 and 300 marks, against last year’s 501,552, while 234,308 got 101 to 200 marks compared with 221,438 last year.

Only 2,360 candidates scored less than 100 marks, compared with last year’s 6,747.

But while the stakeholders support the rollout of the free secondary education, they have questioned the ministry’s preparedness for the initiative for which Sh56 billion has been set aside.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) and Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (Kepsha) asked the government to employ more teachers and improve the infrastructure in schools. Statistics indicate that there are about 88,000 post-primary teachers in the country, with a shortage of about 50,000.

Kuppet chairman Omboko Milemba called for the creation of extra streams to cater for the increased enrolment.

Form One Admission 2018: Free Secondary Education

“This is one of the issues we will discuss during our annual delegates conference this December. It would be improper for us to discourage the free secondary education as it is the way to go now. But there are certain minimums that must be achieved because we might end up emphasising on quantity as opposed to quality,” Mr Milemba said on the telephone.

Kepsha chairman Shem Ndolo also waded into the matter, saying the upgrading of infrastructure is critical.

For the programme to be successful, he said, schools must be ready with adequate classrooms, desks, chairs, laboratories and teachers.

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“The infrastructure is still inadequate. We need to understand how this infrastructure upgrade will be put in place and supply of enough books as well,” he said.

Mr Ndolo spoke at the Sheikh Zayed Children Welfare Centre in Bombolulu, Mombasa, the venue of this year’s Kepsha delegates conference which starts today.

In the free day programme, every student has been allocated Sh22,244 annually up from the current Sh12,870, to cater for tuition costs.

Form One Admission: Buy Uniforms

The capitation will be disbursed in the ratio of 50:30:20 in first, second and third term.

For day scholars, the money will cater for all their expenses and they will only be required to buy uniforms and lunch. Previously, they paid Sh9,374 a year per student.

In a previous interview, Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association chairman Kahi Indimuli said several schools had received funding to improve their infrastructure ahead of the free secondary education rollout.

He, however, admitted that there will be congestion in schools unless the infrastructure is put in place on time.

In an executive directive last Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that all candidates who sat the KCPE this year should know their new schools by Christmas.

Race starts for form one selection 2017 / 2018

Category: Form One Selection 2017

Updated: 04.12.2017

The race for form one admission 2018 for candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will officially start Monday.

The process will be launched at 8:30am by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

It will only cover candidates joining the 105 national schools across the country. On Friday, the exercise to pick candidates joining extra-county schools will start.

Form One Selection 2017: National Schools

Top officials at the Education ministry have been in Naivasha for the past one week to finalise the list of candidates who will join national schools.

Already, the ministry has asked all principals of boarding schools to provide the necessary details to enable candidates access the selection results online.

“Candidates joining form one in boarding schools will be accessing their instructions online,” said a circular to all principals by Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang and signed by acting Director General, Basic Education, Robert Masese.

A total of 993,718 candidates sat the examination. Of these, 498,775 were boys and 494,943 girls.

While releasing the results, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said all candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be admitted to national schools irrespective of whether they sat their exams in private or public schools.

Dr Matiang’i said the form one selection exercise is expected to be complete by December 12.

Form One Selection 2017: NightMare

“It is the Ministry of Education’s plan that candidates, together with their parents and guardians, must know the schools where their children will be admitted to in January,” said the CS.

He said parents would not go through the annual nightmare of school placement since the government had put in place measures to ensure that all candidates are admitted to secondary schools.

“Placement of candidates into public secondary schools will be based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and student choice. Efforts will also be made to ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with their education when the selection is done,” he said.

The CS said the government had already released a circular outlining details of the planned programme, of which the government has set aside Sh56 billion already.

“What this means is that, from January, no child will be required to pay tuition fees in any public secondary school. This is a big scale-up from the free day learning programme that has been running in all public secondary schools,” he said.

The CS went on: “It is now clear that the Jubilee Government is committed to ensure that every child gets access to education at all levels. We must not forget that the Government now pays examination fees for candidates in all public and private primary and secondary schools.”

On Tuesday during his inauguration, President Uhuru Kenyatta reinforced the message, saying all candidates who sat the examination must know their Form One placement by Christmas.

This year, 9,848 candidates scored more than 401 marks, compared with last year’s 5,143, while 217,307 candidates scored between 301 and 400 marks, compared with 207,141 last year.

Form One Admission 2017: Best Schools

Another 529,897 scored between 201 and 300 marks, against last year’s 501,552, while 234,308 got 101 to 200 marks compared with 221,438 last year.

Only 2,360 candidates scored less than 100 marks, compared with last year’s 6,747.

This means the scramble for the best schools will once again be high. Under the current guidelines developed in 2015, Standard Eight pupils are allowed to pick only one elite national school when making their choices in a bid to eliminate cut-throat competition for places.

In the 2016 KCPE examination, 790,680 of the 942,021 candidates who sat the examination joined secondary schools early this year.

National schools absorbed 24,795, extra counties 65,331, county schools 133,785, sub-county schools 492,576, special schools 1,449 and private schools 72,744.

Implementation of free day secondary learning will see 903,200 students join public schools and about 90,000 get slots in private schools.

How to check form one selection 2017 Online

Dr Matiang’i said that, just like last year, students will get their admission letters online. Under the new rules, the 105 national schools were grouped into four clusters, with each candidate required to pick only one school from each cluster.

The 18 schools considered more prestigious than the other recently gazetted ones were all put in the third cluster, meaning no candidate can select any two of them. The schools include Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Mangu High, Maseno, Starehe Boys, Starehe Girls, Nairobi School, Lenana School and Kenya High School.

Others are Moi Forces Lanet, Moi Forces Academy, Utumishi Academy, Moi Girls Eldoret, Nakuru Boys, Nakuru Girls, Maryhill Girls, Loreto Limuru and Limuru Girls.

A total of 30 national schools, most of which used to be top provincial schools, were lumped in cluster one. They include Pangani Girls, Maranda Boys, Lugulu Girls, Friends School Kamusinga, Meru School, Kapsabet Boys, Kisii School, Kakamega School and Mama Ngina Girls in Mombasa.

To address the nightmare that will come with 100 per cent enrolment, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is collecting data from public day schools in a bid to address teacher shortages.

Adopted From the Daily Nation

Form One Selection and Placement 2017/2018

Category: Form One Admission 2017

The scramble for elite schools for candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination is set to start on December 4, when the Form One selection kicks off.

Major focus will be on the so-called elite 18 national schools at the expense of the other 87 across the country as all candidates who scored 400 marks will join national schools, irrespective of whether they sat their exams in private or public schools.

This year 9,848 candidates scored more than 401 marks compared to last year’s 5,143 while 217,307 candidates scored between 301 and 400 marks compared to 207,141 last year.

A further 529,897 scored between 201 and 300 marks compared to last year’s 501,552 while 234,308 candidates got 101 to 200 marks, compared to 221,438 last year. Only 2,360 candidates scored less than 100 marks compared to last year’s 6,747.

The Standard Eight candidates were only allowed to pick one elite national school when making their choices, a move that was aimed at eliminating the cut-throat competition for places.

Speaking during the release of the examinations results on Tuesday in Nairobi, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the selection is expected to be complete by December 12.

“It is the Ministry of Education’s plan that candidates, together with their parents and guardians, must know of the schools where their children will be admitted to in January,” said the CS.

He said parents will not go into the annual nightmare of school placement since the government has put in place measures to ensure that all the candidates are admitted to secondary schools.

“Placement of candidates into public secondary schools will be based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and student choice.

Efforts will also be made to ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with their education when the selection is done,” said Dr Matiang’i.

Dr Matiang’i said just like last year, students will get their admissions letters online.

In 2015, the government developed tough guidelines on Form One selection.

Under the new rules, the 105 national schools were grouped into four clusters, with each candidate required to pick only one school from each cluster.

The 18 schools considered more prestigious than the recently gazetted were all put in the third cluster, meaning no candidate can select any two of them.

The schools include Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Mangu High, Maseno, Starehe Boys, Starehe Girls, Nairobi School, Lenana School and the Kenya High School.

Others are Moi Forces Lanet, Moi Forces Academy, Utumishi Academy, Moi Girls Eldoret, Nakuru Boys, Nakuru Girls, Maryhill Girls, Loreto Limuru and Limuru Girls.

A total of 30 national schools, most of which used to be top provincial schools, were placed in cluster one.

They include Pangani Girls, Maranda Boys, Lugulu Girls, Friends School Kamusinga, Meru School, Kapsabet Boys, Kisii School, Kakamega School and Mama Ngina Girls in Mombasa.

The second and fourth clusters had 25 and 30 schools, respectively, mainly from marginalised counties like Tana River, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Kajiado, Lamu, Samburu and West Pokot.

Special needs six to join national schools

Category: Form One Admission 2017

Six candidates with special needs are among 9,846 who will join national schools.

The candidates scored 401 marks and above in the just-released KCPE examination results.

This is the first time candidates under this special category have produced such a high number of top grades in national examinations.

The highest candidate under this category scored 426 marks.

Special School Heads Association of Kenya (SSHAK) National Chairman Arthur Injenga said even the top student this year was a child with special needs.

Goldalyn Kakuya of St Anne Lubao in Kakamega County scored 455 marks to emerge the top candidate nationally in KCPE examination results.

Data released by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i shows another 178 candidates with special needs scored 301-400 marks.

Another 628 scored 201-300 marks. Overall, a total of 2,038 candidates with special needs sat the 2017 KCPE examination.

Form One Selection 2017: Fair selection

Matiang’i said the Government recognised the rights of learners with disabilities as enshrined in the Constitution and assured of fair Form One selection.

Matiang’i said this year’s Form One selection would not discriminate against any student.

He said placement of candidates into public secondary schools would be based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and student choice.

He said all children – from public or private schools – would be treated equally during the selection process to start on December 4.

Injenga yesterday pleaded with the ministry to open national schools to include those with 301 marks.

“Taking in 184 students with special disability is not a big number. We plead that they take in more of these children to national schools,” said Injenga.

The Standard established the selection criteria used this year would apply but with a few adjustments to ensure all candidates would secure slots.

The revised criteria for Form One selection (2015) states how candidates will be placed to extra-county, county and sub-county schools.

Selection of candidates to extra-county schools will be based on the 20:40:40 ratio, to be shared across the host sub-county, the host county and other counties in that order.

“The ratio of public to private school candidates selected to this category shall be 70:30,” reads the revised formula.

Source: The Standard.

Form One Selection 2017: All KCPE candidates to join Form One in free secondary plan

All the 993,718 candidates who sat this year’s primary leaving examination are expected to join Form One when the free day secondary school education begins in January.

The government had targeted to have 903,200 students join public secondary schools and 100,356 enrol in private schools, going by the 1,003,556 pupils who registered for the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.

Secondary school slots would, therefore, go up from last year’s 790,680, which means an extra stream is likely to be created to accommodate the increased enrolment.

Form One Selection 2017 Transition

With 993,718 pupils having sat KCPE, about 90,000 are likely to get slots in private schools.

The transition rate from primary to secondary school was 83.93 per cent last year, when 942,021 sat the exam, but the government targets 100 per cent.

Early this year, national schools absorbed 24,795 KCPE candidates, extra-county schools 65,331, county schools 133,785, sub-county schools 492,576, special schools 1,449 and private schools 72,744.

While releasing the KCPE results on Tuesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the government had issued a circular outlining details of the planned programme, for which it has set aside Sh56 billion.

Every student in secondary school was allocated Sh22,244 annually, up from the current Sh12,870, to cater for tuition costs.

The government will also pay registration fees for national exams.

The capitation will be disbursed in the ratio of 50:30:20 in first, second and third term.

Form One Selection 2017 – Expenses

For day scholars, the money will more or less cater for all their expenses as they will only be required to buy uniforms and lunch. Previously, they paid Sh9,374 a year per student.

“What this now means is that, from January, no child will be required to pay tuition fees in any public secondary school,” said Dr Matiang’i. “This must be seen as a big scale-up from the free day learning programme that has been running in all public secondary schools.”

However, boarders will continue to pay for accommodation, upkeep and other utilities in school.

In this context, national schools and extra-county schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and Eldoret will charge Sh53,554, while others will charge 40,535, and receive a Sh22,244 subsidy per student from the government.

The CS went on: “It is now clear that the Jubilee government is committed to ensure that every child gets access to education at all levels. We must not forget that the government now pays examination fees for candidates in all public and private primary and secondary schools.”

Form One Selection 2017 – Rollout

Teachers Service Commission chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said the current teachers will support the rollout of free secondary education.

Statistics indicate that there are about 88,000 post-primary teachers in the country with a shortage of about 50,000. However, Ms Macharia did not explain when more teachers will be recruited to plug the gap.

Schools must be ready with adequate classrooms, desks, chairs, laboratories and teachers to provide quality education.

A report by a task force chaired by Dr Kilemi Mwiria revealed that 37 per cent of teachers are employed by schools’ boards of management (BoMs). This means that parents will, once again, carry the burden of hiring teachers.

Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) chairman Omboko Milemba said the government should hire more than 30,000 teachers to support the programme.

However, going by the data from Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec), about 236,668 candidates who scored below 200 marks could be ineligible for admission to secondary school.

Form One Selection 2017 – Equipped

Those are the candidates who eventually get placed in youth polytechnics, which the government has increased and equipped in recent years.

About 234,308 candidates obtained 101 marks to 200 marks out of 500 while 2,360 got less than 100 marks. The pass mark is 250 marks.

Data from the council indicate that performance in this year’s exam recorded a major improvement as the best candidate scored 455 marks, compared to last year’s 437 marks.

The CS attributed the improved performance to adequate preparation of the candidates by teachers under the new stringent examinations regime.

“I wish to commend teachers for this, especially given that they prepared the candidates in an election year that saw the country hold two presidential elections, with its attendant heated campaigns,” said Dr Matiang’i.

A report on school unrest in by career administrator Claire Omolo which was released in May revealed that most classrooms were congested, some with as many students as 65 students instead of 45.

“Class congestion seriously compromised the teacher-learner contact time and eroded the effectiveness of the teaching learning process,” said the report. “Learners’ grievances to the school administration included discomfort due to the congestion.”

Form One Selection 2017 – Funding

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman Kahi Indimuli said several schools had received funding to improve their infrastructure ahead of the free secondary education rollout.

“We will do our best to ensure that the students are comfortable but we hope schools that have not received funds will be given in due course so that they can put up more classrooms, buy desks and build laboratories,” said Mr Indimuli.

He, however, admitted that there will be congestion in schools unless the infrastructure was put in place on time.
Indeed, this came out forcefully in the Omolo report, which stated that boarding facilities were in horrible condition.

“Most schools lacked adequate toilets and had inappropriately located, poorly maintained sanitation facilities,” said the report. “Some had students bathing in the open, thereby compromising their security and privacy.”

Kenya Private School Heads Association chief executive officer Peter Ndoro said the schools are ready to receive the extra students that the government will allocate them.

“We have the capacity to absorb more students and complement the government’s target of expanding access to secondary education,” said Mr Ndoro.

However, the students cannot be forced to join private schools.

Source: Daily Nation

KCPE Results 2017 Released

The 2017 Standard Eight national exam results are out. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi released the results on Tuesday morning at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in the capital Nairobi.

Dr Matiangi said no single irregularity was reported in the tests that mark transition from primary to secondary school.

Of the 1,003,556 candidates who wrote the exams, 9,846 scored 400 marks and above out of the possible 500. Those who scored below 100 marks dropped from 6,747 in 2016 to 2,360 in 2017.

The top candidate scored 455 out of 500 marks, an 18 mark improvement from last year’s 437. “The best candidate in last year’s exam would not be even top 20 in this year’s results thus showing remarkable improvement,” he said.

Matiang’i was keen to note that the marking in this year’s KCPE results had a 99.98% accuracy rating with every student who sat this year’s exam expected to get their results as there were no cancellations, missing marks or any case of malpractice recorded.

This year, the Kenya National Examinations Council used the automated Optical Mark Recognition machines that fast-tracked the process of marking with results being released just 19 days after the national exam ended.

Form one selection 2017

The CS said all the over 9,000 candidates who managed 400 marks and above would join national secondary schools whether they sat the tests at a private or public exam centre.

“Form One selection will start on December 4, 2017,” Dr Matiangi said.

In a rare proud moment, the Education CS announced that six students in the top 100 list came from special needs schools further adding that the government has committed to improving their infrastructure in a bid to empower students with special needs.

He attributed this year’s success in exam and delivery results to a multi-agency collaboration in the sector saying it has indeed yielded results.

The release came almost a month earlier than previous years after marking was fast-tracked by optical machines. The 20 new scanning machines, bought by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) at a cost of Sh90 million, replaced 20 old scanners bought more than 17 years ago.

More follows.

Form one selection 2016

Form one selection – 24,795 KCPE candidates selected to join national schools

Updated: 13.12.2016

The Government has selected more than 24,000 2016 KCPE candidates to join national schools.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr Fred Matiang’i said this is huge growth from the paltry 4,600 a few years ago. He was speaking during the launch of Form One Selection in Nairobi.

“As we launch the exercise today, we have already selected 24,795 successful 2015 KCPE candidates into our 103 national schools. The number that we have so far admitted to national schools is only a small fraction of the total of 942,021 candidates who successfully sat the KCPE this year,” he observed.

Dr Matiang’i said the selection exercise for County and Sub-county schools will take place on 15th and 19th December, 2016 respectively. The selection for Extra-county and county schools will be conducted at centres to be communicated to the county directors before the actual date. The Sub-county selection exercise will take place at all the sub-county levels.

How to check form one selection 2017 via SMS and Online – Video

Placement of Form One Candidates in Various School Categories

CATEGORY – NO. SELECTED
National – 24,795
Extra-county – 65,331
County – 133,785
Sub-county – 492,576
Special – 1,449
Private – 72,744
TOTAL – 790,680

The CS said that in bid to reward merit all the 5,808 candidates who scored 400 marks and above have been placed in national schools of their choice. This includes 63 Special Needs Education students selected to regular national schools of their choice.

Additionally, the top five candidates of either gender from every district have been placed in national schools on the basis of the choices they made during registration for KCPE where possible. “Overall, during this year’s selection, 790,680 candidates who sat KCPE in 2016 will be find places in Form One,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

He said the Government recognises the central place of national schools as centres of education excellence and national integration, adding that they intend to enhance the number of places further by upgrading two schools – Cheptiret Boys in Uasin Gishu and Osen Girls in Baringo – to the national category next year.

This, he said will ensure that the country has at least two national schools in every county.

The CS noted that funds have already been disbursed for upgrading and expanding infrastructure for the two schools in readiness for their first national class admission in 2018. “These schools will therefore be availed for choice as national schools to 2017 KCPE candidates,” he observed.

Dr Matiang’I said the Government’s policy on education is aimed at enhancing access, equity and quality at all levels of education in line with the Constitution. This, he said requires that basic education be one of the fundamental rights of every Kenyan child.

Send index number to 20042 to know your form one admission school

The selection outcomes for the National School Selection can now be accessed through the Ministry of Education website www.education.go.ke or by texting a candidate’s Index Number to 20042 from any network

The Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr Fred Matiang’i said the selection outcomes for Extra-county and county schools will be available on the website and through the SMS number 20042 after the county selection launch.

Dr Matiang’i stated that admission letters would also posted on the Ministry of Education website. “Parents can check the schools their children have been selected to join by sending an SMS to 20042,” he said.

He also advised parents and candidates who may notice any anomaly in the selection process to reach the Kenya National Examinations Council Command and Control Centre telephone number – 0800724900.

The CS however noted that the selected candidates will be expected to report to school on January 9, 2017.

He said the letters generated from the site will only be authenticated by the signature and stamp of the primary school where the candidate sat KCPE examination and the principal of the admitting school.

Form One Selection – How to download form one admission letters online

To check which school your child has been admitted to, go to the ministry of education website: http://www.education.go.ke/ then follow the easy steps below:

  1. Select the county and sub-county you sat KCPE then key in your index number and Submit.
  2. Click on the link named “admission letter” at the bottom of the page for a copy of your admission letter.
  3. Use the printer icon to print, or download icon to download to your computer.
  4. Get your primary school’s head teacher to endorse the letter and stamp it in the space provided.
  5. Finally, present it for admission together with a certified copy of your birth certificate

Dr Matiang’i said the Government has invested heavily in the expansion of training opportunities in polytechnics and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to provide an alternative route to higher education and training that can eventually provide a route to university degrees and even attainment of PhD level qualifications.

“Indeed the sky must be the only limit for all. It is important to note that demand for skilled technical labour is on the increase both in this country and in the entire region informed by the economic growth witnessed in this region,” he said.

“As our country gears towards becoming a middle-income economy as envisioned by Kenya’s Vision 2030, Kenyans with technical and vocational skills will be in great demand and will arguably be the most sought after.”

Meanwhile, the results of this year’s Form Four exams will be released before the end of December, Dr Matiang’i said on Tuesday.

This means the outcome of the tests, which are released in February, will be known two months earlier than usual.

For One selection set for December 13, 2016

Updated: 8.12.2016

Form One selection has been pushed forward to encompass selection in extra-county schools.

Education Principal Secretary Bellio Kipsang said the launch scheduled for Friday has been moved to December 13, 2016 at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Murang’a Road.

“Please note that the reporting date for Form One still remain January 9,” said Dr Kipsang in a circular to education officials.

The selection has been going on in Naivasha over the past week.

The more than 942,021 candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will be competing for about 780,000 slots in secondary schools.

In last year’s exam, 759,603 out of 925,744 joined secondary schools with national schools having 23,085 slots, special needs education schools 1,424, extra-county 63,990, county 123,435, sub-county 481,318 and private schools 66,351.

All the 5,143 candidates who scored 400 marks and above in this year’s exam will join national schools.

A total of 207,141 candidates scored between 301 – 400 while 501,552 scored 201 – 300marks, 221,438 scored between 101 – 200 and 6,747 candidates scored 100 marks and below.

This means that a total of 226,000 will be locked out of secondary schools and are expected to join youth polytechnics.

PICK ONE ELITE SCHOOL

The competition for top national schools is also expected to be minimal after 103 national schools were clustered into four categories.

The candidates were only allowed to pick one elite national school when making their choices.

The 18 schools considered more prestigious are in the third cluster, meaning no candidate can select any two of them.

The schools include; Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Mangu High, Maseno, Starehe Boys, Starehe Girls, Nairobi School, Lenana School and the Kenya High School.

Others are Moi Forces Lanet, Moi Forces Academy, Utumishi Academy, Moi Girls Eldoret, Nakuru Boys, Nakuru Girls, Maryhill Girls, Loreto Limuru and Limuru Girls.

A total of 30 national schools, most of which used to be top provincial schools, are lumped in cluster one.

They include; Pangani Girls, Maranda Boys, Lugulu Girls, Friends School Kamusinga, Meru School, Kapsabet Boys, Kisii School, Kakamega School and Mama Ngina Girls in Mombasa.

The second and fourth clusters have 25 and 30 schools, respectively, mainly from marginalised counties like Tana River, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Kajiado, Lamu, Samburu and West Pokot.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured parents candidates will be admitted into public secondary schools based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and candidate choices.

“The selection will also ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with their education,” said Dr Matiang’i.

Form One Selection Video

Form One Selection 2016

Updated: 2.12.2016

All Standard Eight candidates who scored 400 marks and above will join national schools on January 9. The selection exercise will begin next week.

This means at least 5,143 out of 942,021 candidates who sat the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams will join the 103 national school across the country.

The arrangement also means those joining secondary schools will not stay at home until February as has been the norm even as the Ministry of Education continues to effect massive reforms in the sector.

Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said they could not rank schools and candidates because the law ordering the ministry to do so came into force late. Parliament passed the new law in September.

“As you are aware, Parliament recently passed a law requiring the ministry to rank schools when releasing national examination results. However, tied to the law was a requirement that we conduct research, consult widely and come up with regulations that provide a basis for the ranking,” Dr Matiang’i said.

He added: “Unfortunately, due to the short period between the time the law was enacted and when the KCPE examinations was administered, the ministry was not able to prepare for its implementation.”

Form One Admission – National Schools

Dr Matiang’i, while releasing the results yesterday, also assured the public all candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be admitted to national schools irrespective of their gender, region or centre.

“I assure all parents and guardians that appropriate arrangements are in place to admit the 2016 KCPE examination candidates into public secondary schools based on merit, quotas, equity, affirmative action and candidates’ choices,” the CS said, adding the selection will also ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with education.

Matiang’i’s declaration is good news for parents with children in private schools. The Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) has accused the government of favouring candidates from public schools.

KPSA has over the past years accused Education ministry of misinterpreting the principle of affirmative action in Form One selection and accused the government discriminating candidates from private schools.

In February last year, data from KPSA showed most positions in at least 75 national schools were taken up by students from public primary schools.

Out of the total 15,875 slots in these schools, a massive 12,199 went to candidates from public primary schools (78 per cent).

Form One Intake 2016

Updated: 1.12.2016

Form One selection for the candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations will begin today (Thursday, December 1 2016).

The selection will follow immediately after the release of the results by the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

This is against the norm where the selection process has always been done in January while results have been released late December.

Over 950,000 pupils sat for the KCPE exam early November.

Last year, the Ministry of Education issued new guidelines on the selection process.

Releasing the guidelines last year, Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang, wrote to County Directors of Education and secondary school heads saying that the selection process would be on merit, equity and choice of schools.

He said that five top boys and girls in every sub-county would be placed in national schools of their choice.

“The top three candidates will be selected first across all sub-counties and then the remaining two according to their marks because there are areas with very few students hence the equity requirement,” he said.

Other pupils in every sub-county would be selected according to their marks between public and private schools.

Candidates who are not admitted to schools of their choice will be placed in schools of comparable level of performance.

 KCPE Form one selection – 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.

Form One Selection - Form One Selection 2016

Form One Selection – Form One Selection 2016

Form One Admission – 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.

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