Selection of junior secondary schools by Grade 6 learners has been extended by 10 days to avoid locking out any pupil, Education CS George Magoha has said.
He said the decision was reached to help learners who have yet to make their selections junior secondary despite the August 30 deadline approaching fast.
The CS urged pupils to take advantage of the extension and ensure they are not locked out of the crucial process.
“We have had some hiccups in the process and that is why we have extended the registration to September 10. If your child will not have selected a junior secondary school of their choice by then, then, it will become your own problem. I want to encourage those yet to select to do so before the deadline,” Magoha said.
He was speaking after commissioning CBC classrooms at Kimunyu Secondary School in Gatundu South, Kiambu County, on Saturday.
The CS advised parents to guide their children in the schools’ selection exercise saying some of them miss admission to good schools because they only concentrate on a few top schools.
The registration process began early this month and is being done on the Knec application portal.
Grade 6 pupils are expected to join junior secondary in January 2023 after sitting the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) in November.
The CS said most pupils in private primary schools will remain in those schools for the next level for another three years since the ministry had established that they have conformed to the set standards.
He said private schools hosting junior secondary schools would ease the pressure on public schools.
“Unless the parents choose otherwise, the majority of children who are in private schools and their parents want them to remain will be able to do so,” the CS said.
Magoha warned school heads who have been sending learners home to collect school fee balances that stern action will be taken against them.
Some parents have been complaining that school heads have been sending their children home to collect school fee balances despite the Education ministry’s directive against the same.