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Education CS to launch form one selection exercise on Monday



Regional balance and merit will play a significant role in determining which schools top KCPE performers will be admitted to when Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed launches the exercise on Monday.  

The exercise will kick off with placements to National schools with selection for extra-county and county schools set for Wednesday.

After the release of 2018 KCPE results by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed on 19th November, it has been an anxious wait for parents, candidates and teachers as they await secondary schools placement.

The selection guidelines for top performers will be guided by regional balance and merit.

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This means enrollment to National schools will not be pegged on higher scores in KCSE examinations only since regional–balance based on sub county performance will also determine placement.

It also means that candidates who did not score as highly but emerged top performers in their sub-counties’ may land in some of the country’s top coveted schools when Amina finally releases the placement list this Monday.

According to the Ministries assessment carried out last week, the new public schools and vacancies in the previous ones can accommodate one million new learners.

The remaining students will be factored into private schools. Some 1,052,364 candidates sat KCPE exams this year.

Two candidates tied for top position in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination having scored 453 marks out of 500 with, 12,273 scoring over 400 marks while 228,414 attained between 301 and 400 marks.

On the other hand 574,927 pupils attained between 201 and 300 marks while 234,573 candidates had between 101 and 200 marks.

A total of 2,177 pupils had 100 marks and below.

According to the Ministry of Education, all students who sat for KCPE 2018 examinations will transit to secondary school.