by Beatrice Ambasa
June 16, 2021

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced August 2cnd, 2021, as the reporting date for Form One students.

Unlike previous years, the Form One selection exercise will be conducted once, not allowing students to revise their preferred schools in a second selection round.

Speaking on Tuesday, CS Magoha officially launched the Form One selection exercise at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD.

A total of 1,179,192 pupils sat for the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam, with a majority of 889,011 scoring below 300 marks.

The 8,091 candidates who scored above 350 marks in the exam will be battling it out for placement in National Schools even as CS Magoha insisted that placement will accord needy and deserving students priority to the top schools.

He added that the Government would also favour the needy students who show promise while issuing scholarships from the Ministry.

"Those who are bombarding me with requests, stop wasting my time! My gold standard is that child in Mukuru Kwa Njenga who has 430 marks and is required to go to Kenya High School. We shall make sure the child goes there and is given a scholarship.

"We want a [placement] system that will pick the best brains from Kiandutu slums in Thika and place them in Alliance High School," the CS stated in April.