Kisii County has commenced the 100 percent transition mop-up exercise to trace learners who have not reported to secondary schools and ensure they get enrolled in school immediately.
Speaking to the press in Kisii town, Kisii County Director of Education, Pius Ngoma reiterated that every student must be in school and added they have started identifying learners who are still at home.
“Today, we are mopping students who are still at home and have not gone to school. If you know any student who is at home due to lack of fees, please report to us,” said Ngoma.
The Director urged the community members to work together with the National Government Administration Officers and education officials in the region in identifying students at home so that the county can achieve the 100 percent Form-one transition.
He pointed out that 3,000 learners are yet to report to Form-one given that 38,000 students sat for the 2021 KCPE examinations in the county and only 35,000 learners have reported to secondary schools.
Ngoma noted that students who lack school fees can opt to join free Day secondary schools that are funded by the Ministry of Education.
Kisii Central Sub-County Director of Education, Cyrus Juma asked students who missed out on the Elimu Scholarship Programme to avoid sitting at home because they did not benefit from the programme and instead, proceed to join day schools.
“Those who did not qualify or benefit in this programme, I want to remind you that you are free to join our day secondary schools which are totally free. Please, parents, remind those who did not benefit from the programme to proceed and join Form-one so that they can further their education,” Juma said.
In 2018, Kenya adopted the Universal Access to Basic Education policy that seeks to ensure that all children enrolled in primary school complete their secondary school education, with a 100 percent transition rate.
By Mercy Osongo