By Amunga Peter
It will now be a mandate of ministry of education to conduct selection and placement exercise for Form One students this year compared to previous exercises where the process was opened up for parents and candidates enabling them to select their preferred schools, since the competition for spaces in national schools has been realised to be higher now than before.
8,091 candidates who scored more than 400 marks in the 2020 KCPE will be given priority in the selection to national schools which have a capacity of about 30,000.
it will also be a sigh of relief to candidates who did not score high marks nationally but topped in their sub-counties, due to regional balance they may end up landing in a national 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 7,325 sub-county schools with a capacity of 685,590.
Nearly half of the former candidates will end up in the sub-county schools.
Magoha warned parents against paying cons to secure spaces for their children in national schools, giving an example of a person who received Sh315,000 after promising to secure a child’s spot at Alliance.
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