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School heads frustrating push to achieve 100% transition

Government sets date for form one admissions

With the relentless efforts by the Ministry of Education to ensure 100 percent transition from Primary to Secondary schools, School principals have been noted to frustrate the process.

This is against a warning by the Ministry for principals not to send students back home due to school fees, especially ones from humble backgrounds.

In a mop-up exercise to drive the transition, Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi asked school heads to work with the goverenmnt by ensuring full transition.

While addressing the public in Kaptembwa slums, Nabukwesi cited a case of a 14-year-old orphan who had been selected to join Solian Girls High School but had been sent away by the institution’s administration due to failure to pay fees.

“Heads of schools should understand and assist students from needy backgrounds. They should be able to provide them with uniforms and other basic amenities once a child is admitted instead of sending him or her away.

It is the government’s policy that the learner regardless of his or her social background must be accorded all the support to go all the way to form four before joining a tertiary institution,” the PS pointed out.

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He directed ministry officials to trace all the 2020 candidates who are yet to join Form One. The officials are also to follow up on those who are expectant and ensure they continue with learning.

“One hundred transition started by President Uhuru Kenyatta has been very transformative. I want to ask the public to report any cases of pupils who have not reported to respective institutions they were called to,” the PS appealed.

Ambassador Nabukwesi added that the government was committed to achieving the 100 percent transition so as to move the country from lower income to upper income levels and achieving the targets set by the Big 4 agenda.

Success of the 100 percent transition, he indicated, will help the county realize objectives of Kenya Vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals and African Union Agenda 2063.

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