Last week while in Kisumu, Education CS George Magoha announced that KCPE results would be out in two weeks.

This was after he revealed that the marking had already commenced with Insha and Composition underway.

The candidates are also expected to join Form One later in July 2021, PS for Early Learning and Basic Education Dr Julius Jwan said.

The ministry is however yet to settle for a specific date for admissions.

Nearly 1.2 million candidates wrote the 2020 exams after resuming school in October after the school calendar was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Schools were closed indefinitely in March 2020 when the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Kenya.

Speaking on Monday, Magoha also revealed that the current school calendar will not be altered, with the third term set to begin on May 10.

“On the school calendar, I am leaping forward and hoping that since it looks like the Covid-19 pandemic curve is starting to flatten, there may be no need, for now, to summon education stakeholders to look afresh at the timetable,” said Magoha.

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The government insists that all candidates who sat the KCPE exams will transition to secondary school, in line with its 100 per cent transition policy. Previously, parents and learners have been left disappointed after failing to get admission into their schools of choice.

The computerised placement system relies on merit, choice of schools and the capacity at the selected school.

During the 2019 placement, KCPE candidates had selected top-performing national schools but many of them missed out.

Data released by the ministry showed that Pangani Girls’ High School in Nairobi was the most preferred school, having been chosen by 111,817 candidates even though it had a capacity of only 336 students.

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It was followed by Alliance High School, which was chosen by 83,489, but its capacity was 384.

The third most preferred school was Kenya High School (49,727) but with a capacity of 336.

Some national schools like Starehe Boys’ Centre, Starehe Girls’ Centre, Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi, Moi Forces, Lanet, Utumishi Academy, Nakuru, Utumishi Girls’ Nakuru and Moi Tea Girls’ usually pre-select their students before the national exercise.

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