Outcry greeted Form One selection after it transpired that a large number of students who scored more than 400 marks at KCPE have missed out on their choice of secondary schools.
The students and their parents are now querying the criteria used to select students to top national and county schools. Albert Ochieng from Siaya County, who scored 407 marks has not secured a place in either a national school or an extra-county school.
Ochieng, who sat his KCPE exam at Karapul Primary School, has been selected to join Ramba Boys’, a county school, despite having wanted to join Alliance, Maranda, Lenana or Maseno High schools.
In Kakamega, former Lubinu Primary School pupil Witney Nyachoti got 412 marks, but could not secure a place in either Kenya High, Alliance, Moi Girls or Loreto — her national school choices.
She has been selected to join Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls, an extra- county school.
Shelmith Nyagoha from Vihiga County scored 384 marks at Chavigani Primary School, but has not been selected by any national school.
In Mombasa, Michael Oduor, who scored 407 marks, has been selected to join a sub-county (formerly harambee) school — Mrima Secondary School — in Likoni Constituency.
Davis Mwebi, who scored 403 marks from Ekerubo Gietai ELCK Boarding Primary School in Nyamira North district, has been selected to join Menyenya SDA Secondary School, an extra county mixed institution in Borabu District.
He had picked Maseno and Kisii schools.
“Children had high hopes of joining top schools... it never occurred to them that they will end up at county (formerly district) schools. The children are the most affected with this whole process,” said Ms Maureen Muchei, a parent.
Ms Muchei’s daughter scored 350 marks and has been invited to join a county school in Kakamega.
“My daughter was hoping to pursue a career in medicine or engineering, but now she may never realise her dream. She is disappointed with the selection exercise.”
Only 5,584 pupils scored over 400 marks in last year’s KCPE and parents are asking why some were not picked for the 20,000 slots in national schools.
During the 2014 KCPE examination, 55,491 candidates scored between 351 and 399 marks.
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