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Monday's Education News Making Headlines This Morning, The 7th of June

What you should know: The main suspect in the murder of Shantel Nzembi Ms Nativity Mutindi Nthuku had past criminal records, How over 1 million students who sat KCPE exam will share Form 1 places, and When Knec will pay KCSE and KCPE examiners.

1. How over 1 million students will share Form 1 places

The latest reports uncover Education Minister Prof George Magoha could release the Form 1 placement results earlier than June 15 as had been scheduled, to allow parents to prepare for admission in July.

This implies that students who sat the 2020 KCPE exam will by next week know which secondary schools the ministry has placed them in.

As per the information from a valid source, all national and extra county schools will receive not less than 300 students in this year’s selection process on basis of merit, their school choices, and the capacity of respective schools.

The computerised system which has been used to help the placement of the candidates to secondary school will see national schools admit 40,000 students out of which 8,091 candidates scored 400 marks and above. 

Extra county schools have 190,000 slots while county schools have 200,000 slots. 243,320 candidates who got between 301 and 400 marks in the exams will occupy these slots.

The source further reveals that subcounty schools have 680,145 slots - ie 586,886 candidates who had between 201 and 300 marks and another 262,307 candidates with 101 and 200 marks.

All students will get placement in secondary schools following the government’s 100% transition rule. If this happens the number of the secondary school population will increase from the current 2.8 million to about 3.2 million, which calls for additional resources in schools to help keep social distancing as a way of curbing COVID-19.

A team has been working on the Form 1 selection process in Naivasha under the supervision of the Education and ICT ministries.

2. When will Knec pay KCSE and KCPE examiners?

The Kenya National Examination Council, a body that hires KCSE and KCPE examiners to take part in the marking exercise, is yet to pay the examiners.

Teachers did their part well from invigilation to marking of the exams despite challenges of Covid-19 to ensure the ministry release results on time.

Recent reports, however, show that several months after the release of both KCPE and KCSE results, teachers who toiled to make it possible have not been paid.

The contracted professionals performed their responsibilities with decorum by ensuring that they met the set time for releasing the 2020 KCSE.

“The key takeaway, As teachers we should learn to work together and collaborate. Working solo may work, but your impact may not outlive you. Working together is the key to results and Educational standards. We need powerful trade unions,” wrote TEACHERS IN KENYA ONLINE @TEACHERSinKENYA, adding that the teachers ought to be paid as soon as possible.Examination officials are requesting the Education CS Prof George Magoha to intervene in this situation for failure will affect next year’s exercise set to begin by March 2021.

3. Shantel Nzembi murder: Police dig into key suspect’s criminal history

New reports reveal that Ms Nativity Mutindi Nthuku had past criminal records- was arrested in Kayole for stealing from her Mpesa-shop employer but the matter was settled out of court.

Detectives say the 27-year-old slim bodied suspect, sporting rasta, has past criminal cases that were reported at police stations both in Nairobi and Kajiado counties.

“We have taken fingerprints for further analysis. We believe the suspect has past criminal records. We seek to establish how many cases and what kind of crime she might have committed,” said the detective, who requested anonymity as he is not allowed to give media briefs.

Ms Nativity Mutindi Nthuku, 27, the main suspect in the case, was arrested on Friday after an analysis of phone call records linked her to the murder of the 8-year-old Shantel Nzembi who was reported missing on May 29.

It is reported that her body was found stashed in a gunny bag and dumped by the roadside near a bridge next to their home in Kitengela town.

During the court appearance, police officers will seek to hold Ms Nativity Mutindi for more days as they carry out further investigations.

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