HOW EFFECTIVE

Involve parents in Form 1 mop-up, lobby group tells Magoha

"This will allow for a sustainable structure of tracking transitions."

In Summary
  • African Population and Research Health Center Benter Abuya said the education ministry should involve parents and guardians.
  • However, the lobby group raised concerns about how effective the mop-up exercise is and how it addresses poverty.
Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI) lead Michael Babu, Zizi Afrique foundation Evidence manager Purity Ngina, Africa Population and Health Research Centre Scientists Benta Abuya and RELI Country lead Samuel Otieno during a press conference on Status of secondary school education in Kenya at Nairobi Safari Club on May 12, 2022
Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI) lead Michael Babu, Zizi Afrique foundation Evidence manager Purity Ngina, Africa Population and Health Research Centre Scientists Benta Abuya and RELI Country lead Samuel Otieno during a press conference on Status of secondary school education in Kenya at Nairobi Safari Club on May 12, 2022
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A section of education stakeholders has urged education CS George Magoha to involve parents during the mop-up exercise.

A week or two after form one admission, Magoha combs homes to pick up kids from vulnerable families who are yet to join form 1.

The students are then taken for admission to the nearest schools, either day or boarding school, fully catered by the government.

African Population and Research Health Center Benter Abuya said the education ministry should involve parents and guardians.

Abuya said most of the children don’t willingly choose to stay at home.

“Engage parents and the general public in the mop-up exercise for awareness,” Abuya said.

This, she said, will allow for a sustainable structure of tracking transitions from the household level.

Abuya, a teacher by profession further called on the government to introduce plans to deal with the financial crisis for the vulnerable.

“Introduce incentives such as additional allocations to the poor to enable them to transition,” she said.

On matters of infrastructure, the lobby group called for a contingency plan to ensure students are well accommodated in schools.

For instance, more than 10,000 secondary schools are facing infrastructure shortages currently.

At least 34,000 more form ones have reported to secondary school, compared to the previous intake.

However, the lobby group raised concerns about how effective the mop-up exercise is and how it addresses poverty.

“How sustainable is the mop-up exercise and what is being done to entrench norms that support the transition,” Samuel Otieno said.

Otieno inquired into what could be wrong with the implementation of a one hundred percent transition rate.

According to the economic survey, the total number of schools grew by 1.4 percent from 88,506 to 89,747 in 2021.

The number of primary schools increased from 46,652 in 2020 to 46,671 in 2021.

However, the transition rate declined from 91.0 percent in 2020 to 78.5 percent in 2021, according to the survey.

Total enrollment in secondary schools rose by 4.9 percent in 2020 from 3.5 million to 3.7 million in 2021.

The status of enrolment of students in secondary schools decreased as students progressed with their studies.

The survey reveals that not all students who get admitted to Form 1 finish their studies at Form 4.

The Gross secondary school enrolment rate is at 76.2 per cent while the net enrolment rate is at 42.4 per cent.