Education CS Prof George Magoha makes a presentation on the 100 percent transition policy before key Government stakeholders in Mombasa on Thursday
Education CS Prof George Magoha makes a presentation on the 100 percent transition policy before key Government stakeholders in Mombasa on Thursday

The Ministry of Education has extended the 2020 form one admission deadline by one week. Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang in a circular to regional and county directors of Education dated January 17, has said the exercise will be extended to ensure that all the 2019 KCPE candidates transit to secondary school.

The exercise that was initially to end on Friday January 17, 2020 will now be expected to come to a completion on Friday January 24, 2020. “In order to ensure that no learner is left behind, the Ministry has made a decision to extend the reporting deadline by seven (7) days. The last reporting day therefore shall be 24th January and not 17th January, 2020 as earlier mentioned,” says Dr. Kipsang.

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This will be a big relief for most parents who are still struggling to raise the required school fees and other personal effects for their kids.

The PS has at the same time told schools to capture all the learners on the National Education Management Information System, Nemis. “Schools should use the extension to trace their learners who have not reported and at the same time capture all reported learners in NEMIS,” directs Dr Kipsang.

This comes after reports showed that most schools had abandoned the online registration process due to technical hitches. The system has been reportedly facing serious downtime due to the large number of requests.

By Thursday, January 16, 2020, ony twenty percent of the learners had been captured on Nemis.

Primary school head teachers have also been directed to use their 2019 candidates’ list to ensure that they have been placed in secondary schools. “They (Head Teachers) should report any child who is out of school for any reason to their respective Sub-county Directors (and) National Government Administrative Officers,” adds the PS.

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