- Most parents across the country were busy buying required items for their children.
- The students will also be provided with six core books under a government scheme.
Thousands of last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination candidates will from today start a new life in secondary schools.
Goldalyn Kakuya, who topped in the examination, will join the Kenya High School, while the second best candidate, Sharon Murega, will join Alliance Girls High School.
Goldalyn studied at St Anne Junior School Lubao in Kakamega County and scored 455 marks in the exam, while Sharon studied at Kathigiri Boarding Primary School in Meru and scored 447 marks.
The 993,718 candidates have until Friday to take up their slots, even as the government assured them that it has disbursed funds to support free day secondary education.
However, a number of students may not join schools they were invited to. For the last one month many parents have been lobbying to have their children allowed to join schools of choice.
A good number succeeded but others will be waiting for slots in prestigious schools after Friday, when all students are expected to have reported.
On Monday, most parents across the country were busy buying required items for their children ahead of today’s expected trip to school.
The government said it has released Sh29 billion to help achieve a 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school.
Similarly, the government said it has released Sh7.5 billion for printing and supply of six core textbooks.
“The funds disbursed to schools will cover tuition and other operations as per guidelines for each student enrolled in secondary schools irrespective of whether they are sub-county, county, extra-county or national schools,” said Education Principal Secretary Belio Kispang.