The Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said the Ministry of education is guided by merit and choice in the selection and admission of students into form one.
Dr. Kipsang said that merit and choice has been the basis of placement of KCPE candidates into secondary Schools contrary to general perceptions.
The Principal Secretary made the remarks during the Kiambu County Education day at Ndumberi Grounds Friday.
Earlier, the area Governor Mr Ferdinand Waititu and Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, had said students from the area were admitted to schools in other counties that did not match the academic excellence of national schools within the area.
However, Dr. Kipsang gave the assurance that the government will respect merit as well as choice in the selection and admission of students into secondary schools.
He said the Last Mile Form One Admission Campaign towards 100 Percent Transition exercise had attained 94 percent nationally with Kiambu County having attained 94 percent.
Dr. Kipsang said the government was happy that it could account for 94 percent of the 2018 KCPE candidates who were in secondary schools.
“We are still looking for some 60, 000 nationally and 652 pupils who had not joined form one from the 2018 KCPE cohort,” the PS noted.
Dr. Kipsang said the government had disbursed Shs.1.8 billion in the current financial year, to schools to enable the Boards of Management of the Schools to construct classrooms, laboratories and sanitation facilities.
He said the ministry similarly disbursed a total of Shs.1.97 billion in 2018 towards infrastructure improvement in the schools to create friendly learning environment for students.
He said this was meant to provide room for the increased enrollment of students under the 100 percent transition policy.
The area County Commissioner, Mr. Wilson Wanyanga advised principals of public secondary schools against making too many demands on students.
He said some of the demands some principals made on parents locked out the students whose parents were poor.
Mr. Wanyanga said that some of the demands were unnecessary and should therefore not lock out children from accessing secondary education.
Present during the occasion were the Chairperson of the Kiambu County Education Board (CEB) Prof. Ruth Wanjau, area County Director for Education (CDE) Ms Victoria Mulili, the County Director, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Ms Regina Opondo, heads of primary and secondary Schools, parents, pupils and other stakeholders in education.