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January 20, 2018

Ministry extends form one admission deadline

A file picture of a student arriving at Butere girls' high school for Form One admission. /FILE
A file picture of a student arriving at Butere girls' high school for Form One admission. /FILE

The Education ministry has extended the reporting deadline for Form Ones to Wednesday, January 17.

The admissions were supposed to be finalized on Friday, January 12.

Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang said in a statement that this was to allow schools more time to enroll more students.

“Due to overwhelming turn up of students in some regions, and slow turn up especially in Coast region, and being considerate not to lock out any child, the cabinet secretary has authorized the extension,” Kipsang said on Saturday.

Read: First group of form one students begin reporting to school

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On Friday, acting Education CS Fred Matiang’i expressed concern over low Form One uptake in the Coast region.

He cited the example of Kwale County where only 754 students had reported by Friday against 5,568 available vacancies.

The CS spoke while addressing county commissioners and security officers at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi.  

Kipsang said replacements for students who fail to take up their slots by the end of Wednesday will be done on Friday, January 19.

The move is part of government's efforts to achieve a 100 percent transition of students from primary to secondary schools.

“Those selected during the replacement exercise will be expected to report by January 23,” he said.

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