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Form One placement for KCPE 2022 emphasizes merit, equity, and choice

By Neema Amani January 16th, 2023 1 min read

The results of the automated Form One placement for the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination candidates will be released today by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

The CS assured parents that all learners will proceed to Form One in line with the government’s 100% transition policy.

The Ministry of Education, Kenya National Examinations Council, and the ICT Authority conducted the selection exercise.

Parents, teachers, and the 1,233,852 candidates who sat the tests have been waiting for the selection results before the academic year begins on January 23, 2023.

The government has not changed the Form One placement criteria, emphasizing merit, equity, and choice.

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However, the National Parents Association chairman, Silas Obuhatsa, called for transparency and accountability in the selection process, and urged the government to ensure that children from private schools are also placed in “giant” national schools like their counterparts from public learning institutions.

Mr Obuhatsa also said that sending children to far-flung schools they never chose should also end, adding that children should be given a chance to join schools of their choice.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) also urged the ministry to be fair in the placement process, stating that if a child is not selected for a school of his choice, he should be given a chance to join an institution of the same category.

The automated placement system is expected to be fair, with the computer system placing students in institutions where services of the same nature can be provided. However, there are concerns that the selection will favor public schools.

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