Ministry Steps Up Hunt For 100,000 Missing Form Ones

Ministry Steps Up Hunt For 100,000 Missing Form Ones

According to past and present data, around 100,000 pupils who sat for KCPE have not joined form one. The Ministry of Education has stepped up efforts to find them and ensure they join school. Here's how they plan to do it.

Speaking to the press, Education CS Amb. Amina Mohamed said:

We shall leave no child behind. This data will be shared with local administrators who will team up with directors from the ministry in this final push.

The exercise started as soon as the official deadline dates for reporting lapsed. Now, the government has committed to assert a door-to-door campaign to find the missing 100,000 candidates who sat for their KCPE last year.

Notably, the Coast region has the lowest transition rate and the government will send more resources there to solve the problem. They plan to involve local leaders such as chiefs, their assistants, teachers and education officials to find those pupils yet to join Form 1.

In a strong statement issued by an official of the ministry, the government says that the children have no choice but to join secondary schools. This is especially because education at that level is free.

The Ministry says they will not stop until they attain a transition rate of 100% and as such, will do daily returns to keep track of the exercise's progress.

I wish to ask all relevant government agencies to support the ministry towards achieving the 100 per cent transition policy in much the same way as we did during the monitoring of national examinations last year. I also wish to acknowledge and thank chiefs across the country who have been instrumental in this transition process. I urge all Kenyans to share information of any out-of-school children so that together, we can assure their education.

The major reason for the drop outs is cultural practices and early marriages with some students even being forced into child labour to help support their families. Other reasons mentioned are insecurity, teenage pregnancies and extreme poverty in some households.

The counties with less than 80% transition rate are 9 and include Nairobi, Isiolo, Tana River, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Mombasa, Narok, Kwale and Lamu.

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