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444 learners who missed the 2023 KCPE to transit to high school

About 444 class eight learners who did not sit for their 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary School Education (KCPE) in Migori County will soon be enrolled in Form One.

The County had 43,137 registered learners for the 2023 KCPE and according to Migori County Director of Education Jacob Onyiego the learners that missed the KCPE exam would be allowed to join secondary schools according to their previous performance in their respective primary schools.

He added that the learners would also be given exams in the course of their high school education adding that the test would be an equivalent to KCPE to enable them to obtain a certificate.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu while releasing the 2023 KCPE results in November last year affirmed that 9,354 learners missed the class eight exam.

Meanwhile, Onyiego has cautioned parents that it was a criminal offense to storm learning institutions’ premises demanding for transfers of teachers after poor results.

He said that results were not only the responsibility of teachers but all the education stakeholders.

He also pointed out that it was inhumane to place a class eight student in grade six in the name of lack of school fees for Form One placement.

“We are investigating cases of guardians taking back their 2023 KCPE learners to grade six. We want the guardians to assist their children to instead join a day secondary school in case they are having challenges in rising boarding fees,” noted Onyiego.

So far, the County has been able to give out Elimu Scholarships to 252 learners while bank institutions like Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Family Bank, and Equity gave out 18, 5, and 16 places respectively.

The County Director called upon willing Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and partners to come on board and assist learners who were still faced with school fees challenges to enable them to pursue their education dreams.

By Geoffrey Makokha

 

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