The Kenya National Association of Parents has called upon the ministry of education to have the selection of KCPE 2018 candidates to form one done in two phases. Speaking on Wednesday, the Association chairperson Nicholas Maiyo said a single selection will give school heads more powers which some may use to frustrate parents and give the remaining slots to those with money.“It will be difficult for principals to fairly give out that slot to a deserving child because it may be a case of highest bidder. Principals will have more powers,” said Mr. Maiyo. The chair added that a second selection where schools declare those who have reported and spaces not taken up would allow the ministry to undertake fair allocation of the remaining slots, and give candidates a second chance for their dream schools.
This comes after the ministry of education declared that the selection will be conducted once, adding that all candidates who sat for the 2018 KCPE will be admitted and have their selection letters before Christmas. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said the ministry is prepared to oversee the exercise, which begins on December 3, completed as fast as possible. “The ministry’s relevant departments have put in place all mechanisms to ensure the selection exercise is completed as fast as possible,” said CS Amina. She affirmed that “there will be only one selection process, and not a second selection,”
The ministry also added that the government will cater for the cost of school fees to all candidates. According to Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, the Government will make available necessary books and free education money.Parents will only provide school uniforms and lunch to their children. The PS said the Government will continue to send Sh22,244 per child per year to cater for education.