KCPE Student Scores 415, Misses Place in Form One
A Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate who scored 415 marks out of 500 in the recently announced 2021 KCPE national examination was not placed in any secondary school.
The 24-year-old student revealed that he had previously taken the KCPE examination but was not able to continue to the next level. This forced him to retake the 2021 KCPE examination this year.
According to the learner, he visited the Migori County authorities for assistance on his placement but did not receive any assistance.
Wasonga added that the system of placement informed him that at that moment he was already counted as a secondary school student since he had already been placed in secondary school back in 2018.
He revealed that the circumstances of 2018 made it hard for him to join secondary school due to not being able to pay school fees.
However, he revealed that he found sponsors who were willing to pay for his tuition and other expenses so that he can continue with his studies.
Wasonga revealed that with him not being assigned to any secondary school, his sponsors have not been able to prepare on how to support him to attend secondary school.
The Ministry of Education on its part has acknowledged that the issue is an anomaly and pledged to do a background check on the issue.
According to the Ministry of Education, the regulations state that even if a learner repeats class, they should still be allowed to get a spot in secondary school.
This week, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education revealed that 4,334 KCPE candidates who sat for their national examinations this year did not get a slot in secondary schools.
This is attributed to the students having sat for the examinations in prisons or as private candidates and as such, the government cannot place them in secondary schools.
With 1,209,697 learners having been placed in secondary schools, the government has not given a solution to those who missed out.
This is quite surprising since the government allows inmates and private students to further their education.