Kisumu registers 78pc transition, officials hope for more admissions

Monday, January 27th, 2020 00:00 | By
Kisumu Girls Form One intake. Photo/File

The quest by the State to achieve 100 per cent transition in secondary school is yet to bear fruit in Nyanza region as government officials embark on a mission to fish out the missing candidates.                                    

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha last week launched a door-to-door campaign to trace about 400,000 pupils who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) last year but were yet to take up their Form One slots.

In Kisumu county, more than 6,000 are awaiting to report to Form One even as education officials remained optimistic of realising the 100 per cent transition goal during the admission exercise, which was expected to end on Friday.

 Figures released to the press last week by county education officials indicate that out of 30,286 candidates who sat for last year’s KCPE test, 23,559 (77.8 per cent) have already reported to their respective institutions. 

County Director of Education Isaac Atebe said officials will continue with a campaign to mop up the missing candidates as the admission enters the final stretch this week. 

The admission period was extended by seven days and was supposed to end on Friday last week.

 Atebe said the Ministry was keen to ensure all KCPE candidates transit to secondary school and appealed to parents whose children are still at home to take them to schools they were selected to join.

Education officials in Kisumu, in collaboration with officers from Interior Ministry, will be walking from door to door to see that no child who sat KCPE exam is left to stay at home. 

Atebe said no parent should give excuse of not taking their children to school because of fees.

Kisumu county commissioner Susan Waweru reiterated the government’s commitment in ensuring all learners g transit to secondary school.

“We have embarked on a serious campaign to ensure that all children who did KCPE go to school,” said Waweru. 

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