The cabinet secretary George Magoha said that the candidates will not select high schools, instead the government will choose for them. The education ministry will conduct a single selection and placement exercise for form one students this year. Previously, the ministry opened up the process to parents and candidates to select preferred schools in 2nd round of selection.The competition in national schools is higher than before. About 282,090 candidates scored between 300-399 marks. The form one selection process is influenced by merit candidates choices, regional balance and affirmative action.
Magoha cautioned parents against paying cons to secure spaces for their children in national schools. He cited a resident who received 315,000 Kenyan shillings after promising to secure a child's spot at Alliance high school.
The government will need to do more to absorb all the 2,000 special needs candidates to its only 35 special education secondary schools. Those who will be blocked from national schools will find a soft landing in the 531 extra county schools which have a capacity of 123,399 others will end up in the 1,032 county schools (142,358) and the 7325 sub county schools with a capacity of 685,590.Nearly a half of the former candidates will end up in the county schools.
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