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Form One Students Placed In Day Schools Hundreds of Kilometres Away – Gov’t Explains

Some parents have registered their dissatisfaction with the recent form placement after their kids were placed in day schools hundreds of kilometres way from their homes.

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At the same time, other parents have protested after the ministry of education placed their kids in schools they never selected.

In one of the cases, a pupil who sat the KCPE examination in Coast has been admitted to a day secondary school in Western region.

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A parent from Mombasa said his child, who scored 347 marks, was selected to join a school in Vihiga County, which was not among those she had chosen.

Another parent in Uasin Gishu said her child who sat the examination in Eldoret has been placed in a day school in Nakuru.

While addressing the issue, Basic Education PS Julius Jwan explained that the confusion may have been occasioned by poor recording of school codes. He added that parents can visit sub county offices for the mishap to be corrected.

“These are isolated cases and perhaps the codes were not properly captured. If these parents visit our sub-county offices they will be assisted,” he said.

The PS further apportioned blame on poor choice of schools for some of the issues the parents are complaining about.

‘‘Sometimes a child may select big schools only and end up not getting any of the them. We have to take you to any school instead of leaving you with no school so long as it’s not too far away from where the child did the exams,’’ said Dr Jwan.

Form one placement exercise was concluded on 11th April and that candidates could check schools they have been placed by sending SMS with index number to 22263.

Education Cabinet Secretary prof. George Magoha assured all candidates of equal, fair and just treatment including those children in the slums and those in far flung arid an semi-arid areas, where affirmative action was applied.

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