The government has hinted at a possible arrest of parents who have not yet admitted their students to form one in secondary schools.
Basic Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang emphasized the ministry’s commitment to achieving a 100% transition of students who took the 2023 KCPE exam to secondary school.
He warned that parents neglecting to enroll their children may face arrest, emphasizing that lack of a uniform is not a valid reason to keep a student away from school.
Speaking in Mombasa, Belio expressed concern over the low enrollment of Form One students in the county since the commencement of the admission process.
Out of the anticipated 1.4 million students entering secondary schools, only 80% had registered by the previous week.
“As of Friday, enrollment figures indicated slightly over 80%,” Kipsang stated.
The remaining 20%, equivalent to 280,000 students, were expected to enroll by the end of the week
The coastal region was specifically noted for its low enrollment rate of 56% during the first week of admissions.
Belio urged school administrators to support students without uniforms, underlining the potential risk of students missing out on Form One this year due to the phasing out of the 8-4-4 curriculum in primary schools.
Belio conducted a mop-up exercise in the coastal region, ensuring that 2023 KCPE candidates were successfully enrolled in Form One.
He also visited the homes of students in Mombasa County who had not joined Form One.
Belio together with Interior PS Raymond Omollo, facilitated the admission of a student into Form One at Mama Ngina Girls and another at Shimo la Tewa during the mop-up exercise for 2023 KCPE candidates entering secondary schools.