This year's admissions are unlike the past with only students identified by the National Education Management Information System enrolled to Form 1.
~ The Star
In Kirinyaga and Embu counties, many students, who appeared exhausted after travelling long distances, started streaming into schools as early as 7am, accompanied by their parents.
Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman Kahi Indimuli said the directive had added another layer of red tape in the admissions because applicants have to make requests to headteachers who then would have to wait for approval by the minis...
Some Form One students who reported to various schools in Nyeri county were yesterday sent home after their details did not appear in the National Education Management Information System.
After a public uproar, Education PS Belio Kipsang’ allowed school principals to admit students as long as their details are captured in the new digital system.
The CS cautioned principals against issuing admission letters to parents visiting their institutions, noting that students whose details will not be captured in Nemis will be deemed not to have joined secondary schools.
The Education ministry issued new guidelines after parents protested against an earlier directive barring principals from admitting students outside the NEMIS.
, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 12 – The Ministry of Education has extended the form one admission exercise by five days to allow for a hundred percent transition.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Saturday, January 5, Education Principle Secretary (PS) Belio Kipsang reminded school heads that details of each and every learner enrolled in their institution must be sent to the Ministry through NEMIS.
The huge intake has prompted fears of a possible decline in the quality of education, with principals, teachers, unions and parents raising concern on the measures put in place to support 100 per cent transition.
The CS warned obtaining admission letter directly from the principals instead of downloading it from the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) as required would lead to serious repercussions for both the student and the head-tea...
In a statement on Sunday, Mr Kipsang said the printouts will serve as backups in case of internet connection challenges.
Counties where girls beat boys in the number of students joining the top schools are Taita-Taveta, Kwale, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Machakos, Nairobi, Kitui, Embu, Meru, Makueni, Marsabit and Isiolo.
A spot check by the Star yesterday revealed that even though principals have adhered to the ministry’s school fees guideline, they have found ways to overcharge on other admission requirements.
The government's directive that Form One students can only be admitted through the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) and not any other way has left thousands of parents confused and principals in panic.
"To ensure 100 per cent transition is attained, and the need to give every child an opportunity, the Ministry of Education has extended the reporting date," Kipsang said.
Based on the cases in the NEMIS system, the ministry has successfully approved 26,000 requests for transfers, the PS explained.
Schools will be required to use smartphones or computers to log into the system and go to the learners’ tab from where principals will process admission and transfer requests.
The Ministry of Education has extended Form One reporting deadline for one week to Friday, January 18, in a bid to ensure 100% transition.
For instance, the ministry was grappling with cases where some Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination candidates were yet to be admitted to any secondary school despite posting impressive results.
Lack of Unique Personal Identifiers for some students seeking Form One admission is giving parents sleepless nights.