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Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has dismissed allegations that the ongoing form one selection exercise was skewed.

Speaking Tuesday when he opened the Kenya Primary School Heads Association Annual Delegates Conference in Mombasa, Magoha said the exercise was above board and all top performing students across the 47 counties were placed in schools of their choice.

He urged parents not to mislead their children and allow them to attend the schools they chose.

He further said the selection panel did not vet the candidates’ three selection choices to award them the best school.

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He however said they respected the candidates’ first choice.

His response comes amid outcry by some parents who claimed that their children had missed placements in their schools of choice.

The CS at the same time assured the school heads of timely disbursement of their annual capitation and allayed fears that the government was planning to change the capitation ratio of 50 per cent for first term, 30 per cent in the second and 20 per cent for third term.

All learners selected to join national, extra-county and county schools will receive admission letters online.

After downloading the document, the learner must present the letter to the headteacher of the primary school where they sat for their KCPE exam for authentication.

The letter will further be verified by the principal of the admitting school.

Principals will then confirm that letters presented to them belong to learners strictly in their selection list before admitting the student.

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