The ministry announced that all the 993,718 candidates who sat this year’s primary leaving examination are expected to join Form One.
Extra-county schools will admit 123,399 pupils as 69,880 enrol in private institutions.
County and sub-county schools will admit the bulk of Form One students as the government rolls out the free day secondary education next month.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said in Nairobi on Monday that 647,800 students, representing about 63 per cent of the admissions, will join these schools.
Dr Matiang’i said 10,738 pupils, including the 9,848 who scored 400 marks and above in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam, have been placed in national schools.
The placement was guided by merit, equity, choice and affirmative action, which ensured that all sub-counties have candidates in national schools.
“The ministry ensures equity in placings for national schools by applying sub-county quotas based on candidate strength and affirmative action where a sub-county candidature is too low to attract a quota,” Dr Matiang’i explained. “By design, affirmative action aims to guarantee the participation of minorities and marginalised groups in national schools as clearly guided by the Constitution.
“Additionally, the top five candidates of either gender from every sub-county have been placed into national schools on the basis of the choices they made during registration for KCPE where possible.”
The ministry announced that all the 993,718 candidates who sat this year’s primary leaving examination are expected to join Form One. Extra-county schools will admit 123,399 pupils as 69,880 enrol in private institutions.
Elite schools such as Kenya High, Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Nairobi School, Mang’u High, Starehe Boys, Lenana School, Moi Forces Lanet, Starehe Girls, Maseno School, Utumishi Academy, Moi Forces Academy, Moi Girls Eldoret, Nakuru Boys, Maryhill Girls, Loreto Limuru, Limuru Girls and Nakuru Girls took the top performers.