Ngoma said 31,168 students, translating to 66.8%, have so far joined Form 1
By Ivy Maloy
More than 15,000 students from Kisii county are yet to join Form 1, the county director of education Pius Ngoma has said.
He singled out Etago, Marani, Gucha and Gucha South sub counties as the worst affected by low Form 1 turnout.
Speaking to the media in his office in Kisii town, Ngoma said 31,168 students, translating to 66.8 per cent, have so far joined Form 1. The Ministry of Education aimed at absorbing all the 46,663 learners who sat their 2020 KCPE exam in the county.
“In Etago, we had 50 per cent transition, Marani 53.7 per cent, Gucha 55.6 per cent and in Gucha South 56.3 per cent. This is far below our expectation,” Ngoma said.
He urged parents to ensure their children go to school as the ministry coordinates with the office of the county commissioner to have all students in school by the end of the closure of Form 1 admission.
The Ministry of Education extended Form 1 reporting deadline by one week from August 6 to August 13.
“The numbers are still very low. We are talking to our chiefs to ensure that 100 per cent transition takes place. We expect very few from the KCPE class to join village polytechnics,” Ngoma said.
He said parents should not be wary of school fees because there is free day secondary school education where their children can attend.