Form One Selection 2018 / 2019
Form One Selection 2018/2019: How to check the national schools, private, county, sub-county and extra county secondary school you have been admitted to via SMS and Online. Plus the reporting date, admission letters download, and printing.
How to Check Form One Intake 2018 via SMS
To find the secondary school where you or your child has been placed, just send an SMS with your Index Number to 20042 from any network. The charges of sending this SMS will be determined by the individual mobile company you will be using.
Form One Selection 2019 Online – Admission and Intake for 2018 KCPE Pupils
Form One Selection 2018/2019 for National Schools
Form One Selection 2018/2019 for Extra County Schools
Form One Selection 2018/2019 for County Schools
Form One Selection 2018/2019 for Sub County Schools
Form One Selection 2019: Selection of students to join schools in counties starts
The selection of 999,371 Form One students who will join extra-county, county and sub-county schools started Wednesday morning across the country and will end on Friday. The selection is being conducted in 10 regions under the supervision of senior Ministry of Education officials among them Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang.
In the North Rift, the selection is taking place at Moi Girls High School Eldoret and participating counties are Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Turkana, and West Pokot while in the Coast region it is at Coast Girls High school and covers Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Taita Taveta and Lamu.
Form One Selection: South Rift
In the South Rift, Dr Kipsang is supervising the selection at Afraha High School and covers Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok , Baringo, Samburu, and Laikipia. In Kisumu, the exercise is at Kisumu Polytechnic and covers Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kisii, Nyamira and Migori.
In Kakamega, the selection is being done at Kakamega High School and covers Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma counties while the Metropolitan region that covers Nairobi, Kiambu and Kajiado the conducting its selection is at Mang’u High School.
Form One Selection: Central
The selection for the Central region, which includes Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and Nyandarua, is being done at Nyeri Technical Institute while Machakos region which covers Machakos, Kitui, and Makueni is doing the same at Machakos Boys High School.
Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera counties are selecting students at NEP Girls High school while Meru region that comprises of Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, Marsabit and Isiolo is doing the selection at Kaaga High School.
Form One Selection: Extra County Schools
A total of 128,838 students will be selected to join extra-counties schools while county schools will admit 148,215 students. Sub-county schools will admit the highest number at 722,318 while special needs schools will take in 1,626 students.
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said reporting dates for all Form Ones in all categories of schools will be January 7 and not later than January 11. “As I announced during the release of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results, there will be no second selection. There is, therefore, no reason for parents to delay their children from reporting to school on the [given] dates,” said Ms Mohamed on Monday.
Form 1 selection 2019: More than 31,000 students to join national schools in 2019
Education cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed says the number of students joining Form one next year has increased by 1,625 students compared to last year. Meanwhile, the ministry of education will release 16 billion shillings to schools in support of free day secondary school education.
New rules to curb fraud in Form One admissions
Education officials have unveiled strategies to promote transparency and curb fraud in Form One admissions. The three-pronged approach includes the online transmission of admission letters, verifying admission figures for each school against declared capacity to discourage concealing slots, and compelling headteachers to report vacancies so they are filled up in consultation with the Education ministry.
The steps are aimed at curtailing the practice of robbing deserving students who do not have influential guardians of their secondary school slots. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed yesterday said the digitization of the Form One selection process by sending admission letters online covers most schools. “Consequently, all candidates selected to join national, extra-county and county schools will receive admission letters instantaneously at the touch of a button immediately after this launch,” Amina said yesterday during the launch of the Form One selection at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. “This will be followed by sub-county school placement on December 6 and 7,” she added.
Olive Wachira, the top-performing girl in this year’s KCPE exams, was selected to join Kenya High while the top boy, Rawlings Odhiambo, was selected to Alliance High. They both scored 453 marks. The top-performing boy with special needs, Bildad Onon, who scored 447 marks, will also join Alliance High while the top girl with special needs, Sharlet Jerono, will join Alliance Girls. By banning the direct admission of students to Form One slots in their respective schools, the ministry has scuttled an arrangement that head teachers exploited to influence student selection.
Form one Selection 2019: Absentee students
All placements will now be done with the Education ministry with cases of absentee students to be verified by ministry officials. Under the new rule, school heads are expected to report online to the ministry all cases of students who fail to take up Form One slots in their schools. The heads will declare the vacancies and also propose the names of students who have expressed interest to take up the available slots.
Previously, some principals reportedly sold vacant Form One slots to the highest bidder. It also emerged that some heads under-declared capacities in their schools to allow more room for business when admission starts. This year, no school will be allowed to admit more students than the slots declared as the ministry will ensure placements match the declared vacancies. “This means that in the event a student fails to report to the school they have been placed, the parent will approach the head of the school they are interested in and which they can comfortably pay,” said Kahi Indimuli, the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association chairman.
Mr Indimuli said once the school accepts it has the slots to accommodate interested students, the head teacher writes to the ministry declaring the vacant slots and indicates the names and marks of the students who have expressed interest. “The ministry will allocate the slot and the parent will print out the admission letter online on the ministry’s website,” said Indimuli. Previously, parents hopped from one school to another as school heads hoarded slots, forcing parents to part with thousands of shillings to buy better places for their children. Sources said the move to print admission letters on the ministry’s website and the new rule for heads to declare available slots would help to ensure fairness.
Form one Selection 2019: Demand money
Amina had earlier said that this year’s selection process would take place only once. But parents decried the proposal saying school heads would be empowered to demand more money from them.
Kenya Parents Association chairman Nicholas Maiyo said last week that heads would harass parents if they were allowed to directly place students in the event some slots were not taken up in their schools.
During yesterday’s exercise, 31,337 students were selected to join national schools. They included all the 12,222 candidates who scored 400 marks and above. “This includes 19 special needs education candidates selected to regular national schools. Additionally, the top five candidates of either gender from every sub-county have been placed in national schools on the basis of the choices they made during registration for KCPE, where possible,” said Amina. Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said the rise in enrollment, coupled with exits through natural attrition, had escalated teacher shortage.
“Currently, we have a shortage of 87,737 teachers, the majority of which (57,380) is in secondary schools. This number is exclusive of the shortage occasioned by the 100 per cent transition,” said Ms Macharia. She said that under a proposal to recruit 12,626 teachers annually for four years starting this year at a cost of Sh8.3 billion, the TSC had only received funds for 8,700 teachers.
Adopted From The Standard
Form one Selection 2019: Schools lists to be revealed on Monday
Candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will from Monday know the schools they will join in January. The first group to know their schools are those joining the 103 national schools and who scored more than 400 marks. The selection, which started two weeks ago under the leadership of Director of Secondary Education Paul Kibet, came to an end on Friday in Naivasha with Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed visiting the team for a brief.
Some 12,273 candidates scored between 401 and 500 marks which means they will get a direct ticket to national schools. In January this year, some 29,712 students joined national schools which means that next year, the number could go up. Those who scored between 301 and 400 marks are 228,414 which means that some of them will still end up in national schools but depending on the region they come from with students from 17 marginalized areas being the greatest beneficiaries.
Form one Selection 2019: Affirmative Action
The selection of students for Form One is guided by four key considerations: Merit, equity, choice, and affirmative action. More importantly, is the obligation to ensure 100 percent transition from primary to secondary education. The team that was meeting in Naivasha had a tough task which was to ensure that selection to national schools reflects the face of the country. They also had a responsibility to ensure candidates are placed in schools based on their gender and implement affirmative action, among other factors.
Additionally, the top five candidates of either gender from every sub-county will be placed in national schools on the basis of the choices they made during registration for KCPE. The ministry has also a responsibility to ensure equity in placement in national schools by applying sub-county quotas based on candidature strength and affirmative action where a sub-county candidature is too low to attract a quota.
Form one Selection 2019: Minorities
By design, affirmative action aims to guarantee the participation of minorities and marginalized groups in national schools as guided by the Constitution. The selection will take place at national and regional levels. The national launch will take place on Monday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) while the regional launch will be on December 5 at designated venues within the regions.
Ms. Mohamed will preside over the exercise where selection lists for national schools will be issued with county directors of education, Teachers Service Commission county directors and principals of national schools expected to attend. The regional launch will run from December 5 to 7 in 10 areas.
In the North Rift region, the exercise will take place at Moi Girls’ High School Eldoret and the participating counties will be Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Turkana and West Pokot while in Coast region, the exercise will be at Coast Girls’ High School and will cover Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Taita-Taveta and Lamu.
Form one Selection 2019: Kisumu Polytechnic
In the South Rift, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang will supervise the event at Afraha High School, which will cover Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok, Baringo, Samburu, and Laikipia.
In Kisumu, it will be at Kisumu Polytechnic and will cover Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kisii, Nyamira and Migori. In Kakamega, the exercise will be at Kakamega High School and will cover Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, and Bungoma while in the Metropolitan Region, which covers Nairobi, Kiambu, and Kajiado, the exercise will be at Mang’u High School. In the Central region, which includes Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’ a and Nyandarua, the event will be at Nyeri Technical while in the Machakos region, which covers Machakos, Kitui, and Makueni, the exercise will be at Machakos School.
In Garissa, it will be at NEP Girls’ High School and will involve Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties while in Meru region (Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, Marsabit, and Isiolo) the exercise will be at Kaaga High School. “Principals have no role in the selection since the exercise is done by a computerized system,” said Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Kahi Indimuli.
Form one Selection 2019: Parents Lobbying
However, as the exercise goes on, parents are doing behind the scenes lobbying for specific schools with some principals playing hide and seek games. “The problem is that parents want their children to go to specific schools. Some of these students did not select these schools and do not want them but parents force them to go there,” said Mr Indimuli.
The challenge the parents will have to contend with is that some students may be placed in schools far from their regions depending on the availability of space. With the ban on a second selection, parents will be hoping that the children are selected to their schools of choice.
Previously, parents would ignore the first selection and wait for the second one in order to benefit from slots left by students unable to report for various reasons. Ms Mohamed announced that there will be only one selection. “As a result, the ministry’s relevant departments have put in place all mechanisms to ensure that the selection is completed as fast as possible,” said the CS.
Form one Selection 2019: Second Selection
National Parents Association chairman Nicholas Maiyo said most parents want their children to join elite schools. “Parents should take up slots in any school. The big schools have a name but students still pass their examinations in these other small schools,” said Mr. Maiyo.
Top national schools usually get as many as 100,000 applications from candidates yet they can only admit about 600. This year, the top candidates scored 453 marks while the number of candidates scoring 400 marks and above shot up significantly. More than 130,000 students are expected to join 531 extra county schools while 150,000 students will report to 1,031 county schools. Over 700,000 students will join sub-county schools, special schools will get 900 and 70,000 students will join private schools.
Form one Selection 2019: Tough Guidelines
In 2015, the government came up with tough guidelines on Form One selection. Under the new rules, the 103 national schools were grouped into four clusters, with each candidate required to pick only one school from each cluster. A recent report by Auditor-General Edward Ouko revealed that 85 schools upgraded to national status were not attracting students.
“The continued pressure on the original national schools was attributed to low reporting rate in the upgraded schools. An analysis shows that 13 out of 16 newly upgraded schools could not attract even half of the students selected and in some cases only three percent reported,” says the report. Mr. Ouko said a low reporting rate was attributed to a public perception that the new national schools were yet to meet the standards of the original national schools.
Form One selection 2018/2019 will start on Dec 3, Education CS Amina says.
The selection of candidates who will join Form One in 2019 will start on December 3, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has said. Speaking at Star of the Sea Primary School in Mombasa while releasing the 2018 KCPE exam results Monday, Ms Mohamed said that the selection will be done only once unlike previously when there has been a second selection.
The CS also revealed that over 50 percent of the candidates scored over 250 marks. In this year’s exam, boys performed better than girls in Mathematics while, on the other hand, girls did better in English and Kiswahili. At the same time, the Education CS revealed that none of the nine papers administered during the 2018 KCPE exam were leaked.
Candidates can check their results by sending their index numbers to 20076.
Form One Selection 2018/2019: Scramble for 17,000 slots in 103 national schools
The Education ministry faces a challenge in this year’s Form One selection, as the scramble for over 17,000 slots in national schools starts on December 3. Data from the ministry showed the available spaces in 103 national schools stood at 29,712. The revised Form One selection criterion requires that all candidates with 400 marks and above be admitted to national schools. This year some 12,273 candidates scored 401 marks and above and are guaranteed slots in the coveted schools.
This means the remaining 17,439 slots in national schools will be up for grabs by the 228,414 candidates who scored between 301 and 400 marks. Private schools raised the red flag and said their candidates would demand an equal share of the remaining slots based on merit and regional balance. The Standard established that the criteria to be used this year would have to do with sharing the remaining slots based on candidature strength across sub-counties. This means the more the candidates a sub-county has the more slots in national schools it will be allocated.
It also emerged that top-performing candidates in each sub-county would be prioritized. Sub-counties that produced many candidates with 400 marks and above may have some of their candidates who have scored relatively higher marks missing out on national schools. This means that sub-counties whose top candidates scored relatively lower marks will be given slots to national schools because each region will get a share of the coveted schools.
Form One Admission Letters
“We foresee a situation where a candidate with 380 marks may miss out on national schools while another with 250 gets a slot based on the above criteria,” said Kenya Private School Association Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndoro.
By yesterday, the ministry had not clarified whether the criterion used last year would apply this year, given the improved performance.
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said all one million candidates would be admitted to Form One. She said they would all have their admission letters before Christmas. “The ministry’s relevant departments have put in place all mechanisms to ensure the selection exercise is completed as fast as possible,” she said.
“I want to clearly state that there will be only one selection process. There will be no second selection,” she added. Parents who spoke to The Standard yesterday said a second selection should be allowed to give candidates who may have missed out on their dream schools a second chance.
“One selection process will give headteachers more powers to frustrate parents and demand bribes to declare available slots in cases where students fail to show up,” said a parent in Nairobi.
Kenya National Parents Association Chairman Nicholas Maiyo said there would be cases where parents may not afford certain fees to schools where their children are admitted. “It will be difficult for principals to fairly give out that slot to a deserving child because it may be a case of the highest bidder. Principals will have more powers,” he said.
Mr Maiyo said a second selection where schools declare those who have reported and spaces not taken up would allow the ministry to undertake fair allocation of the remaining slots. Overall, admission to the remaining categories of schools; extra-county, county and sub-county schools will also be based on candidature strength and a distribution ratio. Selection of candidates to extra-county schools will be based on a 20:40:40 ratio, to be shared across the host sub-county, the host county, and other counties in that order.
The available places in county schools will be shared out between the sub-counties on a 20:80 ratio, spread across the host sub-county and the rest of the sub-counties in that order. All the candidates for sub-county schools shall be selected from the host sub-county based on merit and choice. These criteria will apply regardless of whether the candidates sat KCPE in a private or public school. Ministry data shows that there are 123,400 slots in the 531 extra county schools and 142,358 in 1,031 county schools.
According to the data, more candidates will be admitted today schools, also known as sub-county schools, with 685,590 slots available in all the 7,325 institutions. Learners with special needs will be admitted to 32 special schools, which have 1,453 vacancies. Data also shows that 1,800 private schools will make available 87,000 slots to accommodate more students.
Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said the Government would make available necessary books and free education money. Parents will continue to buy school uniforms and lunch, foot boarding-related costs as reflected in the approved fee structure, and also clear fee balances. The PS said the Government would continue to send Sh22,244 per child per year to cater for education.
Form One Intake: Better facilities
Dr. Kipsang said the cost of boarding schools would be capped at Sh75,798. Parents will pay a maximum of Sh53,554 with the State covering the balance. Kenya Secondary School Heads Association Chairman Kahi Indimuli yesterday said they were ready to receive candidates, but asked for better facilities in schools. “With the big numbers we request for an expansion plan and additional teachers to fully implement the 100 percent transition,” said Mr. Indimuli. The ministry, through a circular dated October 25, said it would send Sh6,000 per student per year to cater for a proper learning environment with adequate school infrastructure.
Send index number to 20042 to know your form one admission school
The selection outcomes for the National School Selection can now be accessed through the Ministry of Education website www.education.go.ke or by texting a candidate’s Index Number to 20042 from any network
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’ i said the selection outcomes for Extra-county and county schools will be available on the website and through the SMS number 20042 after the county selection launch. Dr. Matiang’i stated that admission letters would also be posted on the Ministry of Education website. “Parents can check the schools their children have been selected to join by sending an SMS to 20042,” he said.
He also advised parents and candidates who may notice any anomaly in the selection process to reach the Kenya National Examinations Council Command and Control Centre telephone number – 0800724900. The CS, however, noted that the selected candidates will be expected to report to school on January 9, 2017. He said the letters generated from the site will only be authenticated by the signature and stamp of the primary school where the candidate sat KCPE examination and the principal of the admitting school.
Form One Selection – How to download form one admission letters online
To check which school your child has been admitted to, go to the ministry of education website: http://www.education.go.ke/ then follow the easy steps below:
- Select the county and sub-county you sat KCPE then key in your index number and Submit.
- Click on the link named “admission letter” at the bottom of the page for a copy of your admission letter.
- Use the printer icon to print, or download icon to download to your computer.
- Get your primary school’s headteacher to endorse the letter and stamp it in the space provided.
- Finally, present it for admission together with a certified copy of your birth certificate
Dr. Matiang’ i said the Government has invested heavily in the expansion of training opportunities in polytechnics and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to provide an alternative route to higher education and training that can eventually provide a route to university degrees and even attainment of PhD level qualifications.
“Indeed the sky must be the only limit for all. It is important to note that demand for skilled technical labor is on the increase both in this country and in the entire region informed by the economic growth witnessed in this region,” he said. “As our country gears towards becoming a middle-income economy as envisioned by Kenya’s Vision 2030, Kenyans with technical and vocational skills will be in great demand and will arguably be the most sought after.”
Meanwhile, the results of this year’s Form Four exams will be released before the end of December, Dr. Matiang’i said on Tuesday. This means the outcome of the tests, which are released in February, will be known two months earlier than usual.
KCPE Form one selection – Form One Intake Process
The Form One Intake entails the admission into either National, County or District Day Schools depending on the Candidate’s School Choices captured during the year the candidate sat for KCPE. National Schools distribute both based on candidature and affirmative action thus enabling each district to get a candidate selected to a National School.
The National School Quota is used to select candidates per Gender and Merit List per District. The cut-off to each National School is automatically determined based on the last Candidate to be Selected to a given National Schools from a Given District in a County.
Couty Schools are Selected on a 40% (National): 40% (to Districts within County and Inclusive Home District of the School): 20% (for Home/Host District of the School). Not all County Schools Can attract National Quota and may be allocated quotas to only Districts within-host County. Plans for District Selection are under-way expected to be piloted in 2014 In-take.
Form One Admission – Selection Procedure
The Computerised selection follows the following steps:
- Selection of Top 1 and 2, for both Gender (boys and girls) to their national school choices, if an allocation has been provided for their District. In absence, the computer assigns such performing candidates schools of equivalent stature to their choices;
- Selection of Other National Schools Quota based on Candidates ratio from Public and Private;
- The system gives advantage to Counties inclusive of host County in filling vacancies which may arise during the selection (such as the inability of certain Districts to produce candidates with more or equal to 280 marks);
- Selection of Extra-County Schools which have the same features as National Schools with the variance being the number of candidates to be picked being more within the host Counties of the schools;
- County Schools purely selects students within a County, all boarding schools fall under this category;
- District Selection: still done manually due to challenges of mapping primary schools or communities to the proximity of secondary day schools.