Uhuru Sets Deadline for All Children to be in School

President Kenyatta has set the deadline of all Secondary school admissions at the end of February 2020.

In his attempt to achieve the elusive 100 per cent transition to Secondary schools, the President has delegated the role to Education ministry as well as that of Interior to deliver on the promise.

President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past function. PHOTO: Courtesy

What this essentially means is that all of the 1,083,456 pupils who sat for the 2019 KCPE exams must secure spots in secondary schools.

However, the Ministry, in its 2019 Education sector report, revealed that there were some 22, 746 Primary schools while Secondary schools totalled 11,399.

While President Kenyatta and Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha have been embroiled in an all-out drive to achieve this transition, challenges abound.

Last week, Nairobi County’s enrolment stood at below 50 per cent. This was widely attributed to the fact that all the city’s 62,000 who sat last years KCPE could not be accommodated.

Nairobi County can only absorb 35,000 secondary schools currently. The rest of the students are expected to seek enrolment outside of the County.

Hardest hit areas in the transition program are Lamu, Mombasa, Narok among others.

The ministry has since threatened parents with arrests should they fail to beat the deadline of taking their children to Secondary schools.

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