Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has faulted candidates and parents crying foul of the 2019 form 1 selection exercise, saying it was done as required by the Ministry of Education guidelines.
Speaking during the 15th annual Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) conference in Mombasa on Tuesday, the CS said the whole exercise was done fairly and that there were no anomalies reported.
“Some of the children crying foul in the just concluded students’ Form One placement were actually placed on their first choices. If you put Mangu at number three for instance, what the hell do you think you are doing? If you want to go there, put it as number one,” said CS Magoha.
He challenged students to be keen and straight forward when making choices, urging parents and teachers to offer them pieces of advice when it comes to school selection exercise.
“If you are not so sure of yourself then we shall give you the school you have selected. You can go and crosscheck with our data. It is available.”
Reports of top students in the 2019 KCPE exams missing out on their school of choice have gone viral following Monday announcement of the candidates’ form 1 selection to different schools.
According to the CS the ministry placed 30,000 candidates in schools they had not chosen, due to lack of schools in counties where the candidates sat the examination.
Role of parents
According to the local dailies, one top candidate in the KCPE 2019 who was disappointed by the selection is Roy Koome, who scored 433 marks, best performer in Meru County.
The selection places Koome to a different school of his choice, based in Western Kenya (Friends School Kamusinga) compared to his first choice, Mang’u High School.
Professor Magoha also attributed the blame to parents and guardians, saying they have sired and left the burden to teachers.
“The role of parenting has reduced by 80 per cent. With all due respect, our parents have become as animals. You produce children and then wait and don’t train them. They can’t flush toilets, they can’t clean their backs because there is someone doing it for them, then you later throw them to teachers,” he posed amid laughter.
He challenged them (parents) to start teaching their children from home before sending them to school.
“Allow them to clean the toilet, to clean the house, to collect the litter. Let us not burden the teachers with everything.”