Primary School Heads Directed to hunt for KCPE candidates still stuck at home in last push for 100 percent transition

The government has now directed all parents and guardians in Coast region whose children sat for last year’s KCPE and are still at home, to take the children to the primary schools where they sat for exams within the next 48 hours for re-assignment to nearest secondary schools.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang at the same time warned Primary School heads whose school produced candidates last year that they will be held accountable if any of their candidates will be found not to have joined form one.

The PS said the government will between today (Tuesday) and Thursday dispatch a team of officers from the National government, among them curriculum support officers, sub county directors of education, chiefs and their assistants to various primary schools to ensure “All children who sat for KCPE transit to secondary schools.”

“All the officers will be at the primary schools to ensure that all problems barricading 100 percent transition are solved instantly… the officers will see to it that every child is reassigned to the nearest school,” said Kipsang who yesterday declared Coast as the region that holds the only key to 100 per cent transition.

Speaking during a meeting with education stakeholders and top administration chiefs at Sheikh Khalif Bin Zayed Al Nayan Secondary school in Mombasa, Kipsang said the national secondary school transition stood at 90 per cent with other regions like Nyeri County clinching 100 per cent.

While noting that the majority of the remaining 10 per cent is at the Coast, the PS instructed all primary school heads to cooperate with Chiefs and assistant chiefs in their areas of walk and ensure that the 100 per cent target is achieved without fail.

Addressing the same gathering the Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata urged the community, leaders and school fraternity to join hands in addressing the issue of drugs among school pupils.

Elungata regretted that the drug peddlers are now using school pupils to transport and sell drugs.

Mombasa Deputy Governor Dr William Kingi said the issue of child labor was rampant along the coastline.

Kingi said school going children are abandoning the studies to go and work as beach boys in the beaches.

Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Mbogo urged the government to increase bursary allocation.

Mvita Member of parliament Abdulswamad Nassir said the leaders and school community should sit and address challenges facing education sector in the coast region.