How to check form one selection 2016 via SMS and Online

Form One Selection 2016

Form one selection 2016 – 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.

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Placement of Form One Candidates in Various School Categories

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.

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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 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 2016 – 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: 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.

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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.


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.

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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 Selection 2016 – 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.

Form one selection 2016 confirmation by SMS

How to check the secondary school (form one selection 2016) you have been admitted to via SMS and Online:

  • To check the secondary school you have been admitted to online, go to this  Website: 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.

Form One selection 2016 at county and sub-county levels

Form One selection at county and sub-county levels for students who sat the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination starts Monday 25th January 2016  and ends on Tuesday 25th January 2016

Some 735,094 students will be selected to join extra-county, county, sub-county and private schools in an exercise that will take place in 13 regions across the country.

Extra-county schools will admit 63,990 students, county schools will take 123,435, sub-county schools 481,318 and 66,351 students will join private schools.

In North Rift region that consists of Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties, the selection will be done at Moi Girls’ High School – Eldoret.

In Mombasa region that consists of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Taita Taveta and Lamu counties, the selection will take place at Coast Girls’ High school.

Form One Selection 2016 Selection Venues

South Rift region consists of Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru and Narok counties and the exercise there will take place at Afraha High School while in Kisumu region, which has Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay counties, the selection will take place at Kisumu Polytechnic.

In Kakamega region, which consists of Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma, the exercise will be at Kakamega High School while in Kisii region that consists of Kisii, Nyamira and Migori counties, the exercise will be at Kisii High School.

In the Metropolitan region that consists of Nairobi, Kiambu and Kajiado counties, the exercise will be at Mang’u High School while in Central region, which consists of Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Murang’a, the selection will be at Nyeri Technical Training Institute.

In the Aberdare region which comprises Nyandarua, Samburu and Laikipia counties, the exercise will be at Nyahururu High School while in the Machakos region, which consists of Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties, the selection will be at Machakos Boys’ High School.

Form One Selection 2016 Secondary School admission 

Selection in Nzoia region, which consists of Turkana, West Pokot and Trans Nzoia counties, will be at Kitale School, while in Garissa region, comprising Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties, the exercise will be at NEP Girls’ Secondary School.

In Meru region (Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Marsabit and Isiolo counties), the exercise will be held at Kaaga Girls’ High school.

Students are expected to report to their respective schools between February 3 and 10.

Selection for entry to youth polytechnics will be done on February 4 and 5 across the country.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said that out of 925,744 students who sat the 2015 KCPE examination, 759,603 will join secondary schools while the rest will join youth polytechnics.

“My ministry is alive to the fact that 18 per cent of the candidates may not be placed in secondary schools,” Dr Matiang’i said on Thursday at the launch of the selection process for national schools.

Form One Selection 2016 Future Plans

He said that in conjunction with county governments, the national government will develop alternative pathways, including youth polytechnics, to make available more avenues for youth to further education and training.

“They [youth polytechnics] not only help in increasing transition rates within the basic education, but also provide opportunities for vocational skills development, a critical prerequisite for national development,” he said.

Dr Matiang’i said that there existed immense opportunities in the vocational field in the country.

Form One selection 2016 combines merit and equity

Updated 22.01.2016

Thursday’s launch of Form One selection by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i marked a milestone in the process of transition from primary to secondary school.

A remarkable development this year was the effort to balance merit and equity.

All the 7,000-plus candidates who scored more than 400 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams were placed in national schools of their choice irrespective of whether they attended public or private schools.

This was a remarkable departure from last year, when the exercise was muddied by a perverted quota system that ended up practically locking out the bulk of top private schools candidates from national and best county schools.

Whereas there is reason to ensure equity in admission, this should not be done at the expense of merit.

Overall, some 759,603 candidates out of the 925,744 eligible KCPE candidates will get admission, representing 82 per cent of the cohort.

In terms of transition, this is a major leap and ranks among the best in the region and compares favourably with the best cases in other parts of the world.

But the challenge remains for about 170,000 who may not get admission.

Although conventional argument would be that they should join youth and vocational training institutions, it is doubtful if that is the best option, given their tender age and the fact that not all may have the aptitude for it.

This calls for robust debate on critical pathways for learners, including exploring possibilities of establishing talent academies to take care of those with innate gifts but are not academically inclined.

Given the positive changes realised in this year’s Form One admission, Education Ministry must now focus on other critical areas like curriculum and management of schools to guarantee quality teaching and learning.

Source: Nation Newspaper 

Form One students will get admission letters online

Updated 22.01.2016

Parents will now know the schools their Form One children have been admitted to by logging into a website, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said.

Launching this year’s Form One selection on Thursday, Dr Fred Matiangi said the ministry was piloting an online system of transmitting admission letters to candidates so as to expedite their access to admission information.

“We want to give ample time to parents and guardians to prepare for their children’s admission to secondary schools,” said Dr Matiang’i at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi.

After the online admission process takes off, students selected to national schools will download their admission letters from the ministry’s website,

They will also access their admission letters through links on the websites of their respective secondary schools.

“I challenge all secondary schools to ensure they have functional websites to enhance public access to information,” said Matiang’i.

This year, however, the Ministry of Education will still send out admission letters in hard copy, a process that will run concurrently with the online access being piloted for some national schools.

“It is my expectation that in subsequent selections, transmittal of admission letters for all categories of schools will be purely online,” he added.


The 7,000 candidates who scored more than 400 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education have been admitted to national schools.

This is a major win for private schools as a large batch of these candidates are from private primary schools.

The 105 national schools can accommodate 23,085, and the remaining 16,000 slots will be shared through merit, affirmative action and a quota system, Dr Matiang’i said.

During the launch, Dr Matiang’i said he would ensure that candidates who perform well are admitted to their secondary school of choice.

Extra-county schools will admit 63,990, county schools 123,435, sub-county schools will take up 481,318 and the private schools will admit 66,351.

“My ministry is alive to the fact that 18 per cent of the 2015 candidates may not be placed into secondary schools. We wish to inform the public that, in conjunction with county governments, we will develop alternative pathways, including youth polytechnics so as to provide more avenues for youth to further their education and training,” he said

Source: Nation Newspaper

Form One Selection: Over 100,000 KCPE candidates to miss form one slots

Updated 21.01.2016

About 166,932 candidates of the 927,401 who sat for the 2015 KCPE examinations will miss out on form one positions in secondary schools.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said this on Thursday during the National Launch of Form One Selection exercise at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

“My ministry is alive to the fact that 18 per cent of the 2015 candidates may not be placed into secondary schools,” he said.

The Education CS also said that it’s ministry in conjuction with the county governments will develop alternative pathways, including youth polytechnics to avail more avenues for youth to further their education and training.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate the 2015 KCPE candidates for their performance. I know this may be an anxious moment for them but I wish to assure them that every child, irrespective of their academic performance, economic or social background is valued and the Kenyan people are proud of them and look forward to their well-rounded development,” said Matiang’i.

He further directed the Principal Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, in liaison with the Council of Governors to oversee selection of candidates to Youth Polytechnics countrywide on February 4 and 5 at County level.

Matiangi also noted an increase in enrolment in schools attributing the achievement to several initiatives including Constituency Development Fund, parents’ associations contributions, private sector participation and other philanthropists.

Form One Selection 2016: 30,000 more to join Form One this year

Updated 21.01.2016

Pupils who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams last year will from Thursday know which secondary schools they will join this year.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will Thursday launch Form One selection, which will see 30,000 more pupils join Form One compared to last year.

About 730,000 pupils are expected to join secondary schools this year compared to 696,000 last year.

The minister, who will launch the selection at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, will also spell out new education reforms meant to tackle corruption in the admissions process.

According to a statement from London where the minister addressed the Education World Forum, Dr Matiang’i said this year’s transition rate from primary to secondary would surpass that of 2014, which stood at 78 per cent.

A total of 927,401 pupils sat the exams last year, 7,000 of whom obtained 400 marks and above and will all be expected to join national schools.

National schools have since 2012 increased from 18 to 103 with an admission capacity of 23,085 up from 4,175.


Presenting a paper titled Developing Effective Use of Technology in Education in the Year Ahead, Dr Matiang’i announced that the government was digitising content for primary school pupils to improve the learning environment.

He explained the measures the government had taken to roll out interactive content for mathematics, science, social studies, English and Kiswahili subjects in a digital literacy programme for lower primary pupils.

He said interactive animations, videos, audios, cartoons, exercises and quizzes had been introduced to improve the learning experience and that Standard Two and Three content would be converted into a universal platform by March.

“We are determined to move fast and catch up with the developed world despite the limitations we face at home,” Dr Matiang’i told the meeting, adding that more than 60,000 teachers had been trained on how to manage the Digital Learning Programme.

The minister called on private publishers to help the government develop more digital content, adding: “Let the Kenya Publishers Association help in content development while the government will supply the materials.”

The Digital Learning Programme is intended to initially reach about 1.3 million learners in Standard One spread over 22,000 public primary schools and will then be spread to higher levels of education.

—— End of Update——

Form One Selection: Scramble for Form One slots begins

Updated 30.12.2015

Results of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams will be released today, signalling the scramble for 700,000 Form One slots in public secondary schools.

The cream of 937,467 candidates who sat the exam in November will be eyeing the coveted 22,095 posts in the 103 national schools, even as a formula for selecting those who join such top schools is still under dispute.

Another 66,775 candidates will join the 328 extra-county schools, 114,907 will be admitted to the 993 county schools and the majority – more than 400,000 – will be enrolled in the 6,982 sub-county schools.

There are about 105,000 slots across the 1,200 private secondary schools.

This means about 132,467 will miss Form One slots in both public and private schools.

The selection process to the available Form One places will, however, generate more heat next month as the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) has once again rejected the revised criterion.

KPSA argues the selection criteria segregates candidates based on schools where they sat the tests and ignores merit.

“Public schools have been reduced to conveyancing of the pupils because the Form One selection criteria favour children who sit examinations in public schools,” said KPSA Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndoro.

He said the ‘skewed formula’ has seen more than 90,000 children migrate from private to public schools in the last two years.

“Private schools are not opposed to equitable distribution of national school slots to all regions and to application of affirmative action. What we are opposed to is the classification of schools as public or private for reasons of discrimination,” said Mr Ndoro.

The revised Form One Selection and Admission Guidelines 2015 cites emerging issues and the need to ensure stakeholder participation as provided for in the Constitution as major reasons for the review. The document also says the formula was revised due to the rising number of candidates writing KCPE.

The candidature has risen from 638,595 for public schools and 107,514 in private schools in 2011 to this year’s 799,000 for public schools and 138,424 in private schools.

According to the new selection process, the top five candidates of either gender in each sub-county shall be placed in a national school of their choice. This shall be done irrespective of whether the candidates sat KCPE in private or public schools.

“However, the top three will be selected first across all sub-counties and then the remaining two according to candidature strength because there are areas with very low candidature,” reads the revised 2015 criterion.

The rest of the candidates in each sub-county, according to the formula, will be selected based on candidature strength between public and private schools. The formula further states that the selection 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.

And the places available in county schools will be shared out between the sub-counties on a 20: 80 ratio, spread across the host sub-county and the rest of the sub-counties in that order.

All the candidates for sub-county schools will be selected from the host sub-county based on merit and choice.

KPSA Tuesday said the formula must be relooked into as it remains “highly discriminative”.

Ndoro said some 13 private schools have been shut across the country and another 167 institutions converted into learning centres after all candidates migrated to public schools.

He said with only a few days to the selection process, talks must be initiated to end the stalemate to avert the annual crisis selection crisis.

“The trend is worrying the private schools fraternity and some of them are contemplating closing down unless the Form One selection guidelines are revised to promote merit,” said Ndoro.

He, however, said there is hope as Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has expressed willingness to dialogue.

“We have confidence in the new Education Cabinet Secretary because he has indicated to us that he is willing to engage us on this,” said Ndoro.

Source: Standard

—— End of Update——

Form One selection 2016 rules

Updated  Oct. 23.2015

Five top Standard Eight candidates from each sub-county in the country — whether in public or private schools — will get automatic admission to national schools next year.

This is part of new guidelines on Form One admission that were launched on Thursday by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.

A task force that came up with the rules was constituted by Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang in July to address the concerns of private schools on Form One selection.

The guidelines raise the number of students from sub-counties who will join national schools from three to five.

The 103 national schools have now been grouped into four clusters, based on their infrastructure and human resources. Candidates will be expected to choose one from each cluster.

The top three candidates to join national schools will be selected first across all sub-counties, and then the remaining two according to candidature strength.

Form One selection 2016 – Allocation Rules

“The rest of the candidates in each sub-county will then be selected based on candidature strength between public and private schools,” say the guidelines.

In extra-county schools, pupils from public schools will secure 70 per cent of the admission, while the remaining 30 per cent will be from private schools.

Currently, admission is based on a 50:50 ratio for both public and private schools.

All public secondary schools have now been classified as either national, extra-county, county or sub-county schools.

The selection of candidates to extra-county schools will be based on the ratio of 20:40:40, where 20 per cent is reserved for the host sub-county, 40 per cent for the host county and 40 per cent for other counties.

“In addition to its 20 per cent allocation, the host sub-county shares in the county’s allocation of 40 per cent. The sub-county quota in the host county in an extra-county school is based on its candidature strength,” say the guidelines.

Form One selection 2016 – Merit and Choice

The document says available places in county schools will be shared out between sub-counties in the ratio of 20:80. Twenty per cent of places will be reserved for the host sub-county and 80 per cent for the host county and shared out equitably among all the sub-counties therein.

The selection for the sub-county school category will be 100 per cent from the host sub-county based on merit and choice

“Candidates will choose three extra-county schools; one of the choices must be from outside the host county of their primary school, to promote national cohesion and integration. Candidates not placed in national schools will be considered for placement in extra-county schools by order of their choice,” say the guidelines.

The document also states that candidates who are not selected into national or extra-county schools will be considered for placement in any of their three county school choices. They will be considered for placement in order of the three choices.

Schools have been advised to engage directly with parents and children who wish to be considered in the event of some vacancies arising in a bid to lock out middlemen, who are known to demand cash for vacancies.

Form One Selection Results 2015 – Update ( 20-1-2015)

More than 190,000 pupils who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations in 2014 will miss form one places. The grim statistics were announced as form one selection kicked off in Nairobi where Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang said the placements would be based on merit. Form one students are expected to report to their respective schools between February 2nd and 13th 2015.

Parents and students will be able to access information regarding which school their children have been admitted by sending an sms with the candidate’s index numbers to 20042.

Students who will be selected to join National Schools will be able to access the information immediately on the day the Ministry launches the exercise while students who will have been admitted into County Schools will access this information on January 26, 2015.

The Ministry of Education, in conjunction with County Governments, will also conduct selection of students into Youth Polytechnics on February 05, 2015.

The selection aims at providing alternative education and training opportunities for students who, because of shortage of form one places, will not have been admitted into form one.

Form one selection 2015 – Video


KCPE Form one selection 2016 – 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 Intake 2016 – 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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