130,000 students who sat for the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) in 2018 are yet to join form one.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed says Mombasa, Lamu and Tana River are among the counties with the lowest number of form one admissions.
In the affected regions some of the standard eight graduates are said to have opted to join vocational institutions, others have repeated while a number are at home due to pregnancy.
Speaking during the launch of the last mile form one admission campaign towards 100 per cent transition at Parklands Arya Girls High School, the CS acknowledged challenges that some schools were facing as they admitted students through the NEMIS system and allowed them to continue updating their data.
As of Wednesday, February 6th, 895,987 students had enrolled, an 87 per cent Form One reporting rate.
Majority of counties have transition rates above 80%, with Murang’a county recording the highest transition rate of 97 per cent.
Six Counties namely Mombasa, Lamu, Kwale, Samburu, Isiolo and Tana River have the lowest transition rate of below 70%.
“This low enrolment rate is unacceptable at this point in the transition process. These ‘special’ counties will therefore be the Ministry’s point of first intensive focus”, said CS Amina.
Amina said the campaign would to trace the 130,000 students who have yet to report to any school.
“We have prepared data packets bearing actual names and location of these students with the aim of personalising this last mile exercise right to the individual. We shall leave no child behind. This data will be shared with local administrators who will team up with Directors from the Ministry in this final push”.
The CS has directed education officials in all counties to map out the 2018 KCPE candidates who became mothers in the course of the year and make special arrangements for them to join Form One.
“This data is now available and special focus will be paid to these young mothers”, she added.
She said ministry officials will continue filing accurate daily returns on the status of reporting to schools until they attain 100% transition.
“It is the constitutional right of every Kenyan child to acquire free and compulsory basic education. The Ministry has therefore generated lists of unreported students per Sub County for purposes of tracking them and ensuring that they are admitted accordingly”.