45,000 – To Miss Out on Full Form One Scholarship

Every child has been placed in a government school and no child will miss placement in line with the government 100% transition policy.

By Ivy Maloy

Candidates who sat last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will join Form One places on August 2, 2021, Education CS George Magoha has announced. A total of 36, 254 candidates will join national schools; 17,406 girls and 18,848 boys, Magoha said. 201,067 learners have been posted to extra-county schools, 95,646 being girls and 105,431 boys. 213,591 candidates will attend county schools; 115,325 girls and 98,256 boys, while 718,516 are set to join sub-county schools- 357,029 girls and 361,487 boys.

Every child has been placed in a government school and no child will miss placement in line with the government 100% transition policy. The CS challenged senior government officers with the tendency of asking Ministry officials to place their children in certain schools, saying this behavior will not be tolerated. “For those very senior government officials who can afford to take their children to say, Kabarak…why don’t you take your child there instead of asking us to displace another child to create space for yours? I don’t want to hear it. I will eve switch off my phone,” he warned.

He also challenged school heads to ensure candidates made wiser decisions as pertains the selection of schools, saying that some candidates will miss their preferred schools due to an influx.  

The hopes of 45,000 candidates in last year’s KCPE to get full form one scholarships have been dashed after the government released a list of beneficiaries. This follows revelations that only 9,000 have been selected to benefit from the Elimu Scholarship Program. The program targets learners from poor and vulnerable backgrounds from 110 sub-counties and 15 urban centers that have informal settlements in Kenya.

A total of 54,000 applications were received in the scholarship programme. The scholarship is meant for candidates who scored 280 marks and above. Beneficiaries will have their full school fees for the entire period of secondary school education in the public secondary school paid. They will also be provided with school uniforms, learning materials and personal effects for the entire period of secondary schooling.

Transport to and from school during school opening, mid-term breaks and closing will also be provided in addition to Sh500 pocket money per term. The scholarship programme is part of the Kenya Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project being implemented by the Ministry of Education to boost retention in upper primary school and transition to secondary school of poor and vulnerable students. The ministry identified the Equity Group Foundation (EGF) as the Partner Agency to design and support implementation of the Programme.

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