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Education: CS Machogu Confirms Form One Selection Formula ahead of Results Release

Education: CS Machogu Confirms Form One Selection Formula ahead of Results Release

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Education: CS Machogu Leaks Form One Selection Formula ahead of Results Release 

KCPE Results 2021/2022

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CS Machogu has revealed the form one selection formula that has been used to admit learners in secondary schools in January. The learners are expected to troop to secondary schools indicated in the calling letters starting January 2023.

According to CS Machogu, the ministry of education will retain the computerized form one selection formula as follows:

  1. Exempted schools= Starehe Boys; Starehe Girls; Moi Forces Academy Nairobi; Moi Forces Lanet, Utumishi Academy, Utumishi girls and Moi Tea Girls
  2. Pre-Selection for Special Needs Schools-Candidates with hearing and visual impairments will be pre-selected to special or integrated secondary schools which cater for the respective disabilities
  3. Computation of quotas and Selection-Computation of Quotas is applied based on sub county candidature. In 2021 the capacity for each school will be computed on the basis of 48 (forty-eight) students per stream for national, extra county and county schools while sub county schools may accommodate 50 students.


Starehe schools will select 100% of their capacities while the Forces schools will select 80%.

The remaining 20% in the Forces schools will be filled by the Ministry during the main selection. Moi Tea Girls will select 40 % while the remaining 60% will be filled in the main MOE selection.

Lists of pre-selected candidates submitted to the Ministry will be captured into the Computer System to avoid double selection.

All candidates selected under this category will be assigned “Pre-select” status.

N/B; Candidates with special education needs will be considered for selection to special or integrated secondary schools depending on their choice, merit and disability/need.

Candidates with special needs who will have chosen regular schools will be given priority in the selection per category of choice.

Form One Selection Formula per School Category 2023

  1. National Schools
  2. Extra County Schools
  3. County Schools
  4. Sub-County Schools
  5. Pre-Selected Schools
  6. SNE Schools


  1. National Schools Form one Admission List 2023

The slots in national schools are shared among all sub-counties in the country with candidature ratio of public to private of 50: 50.

The following formula is applied for computation of sub-county quotas for the candidates to be admitted in a national school:

Sub-county Quota=Sub-county KCPE Candidature of a given gender/ National KCPE Candidature of given gender X Available Vacancies in the National school

When a Sub-county misses a slot due to low candidature, affirmative action will be applied.

The national schools’ selection process is as follows:

  • The top five candidates of either gender in each sub-county will be considered for placement to national schools of their choice where possible.
  • To reward merit, candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be placed in National schools of their choice where possible. Where a candidate fails to be selected into a national school, they will be considered for placement in Extra County school of their choice.
  • Candidates who score below 400 marks will be selected using quotas and cutoff marks to any of their national school choices by order of preference, where possible. The cut off mark of 280 will be used to fill the remaining vacancies in National schools while adhering to 50: 50 share for public and private schools.


2. Extra County Schools Form one Admission List 2023

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Selection of candidates to extra-county schools will be based on the ratio of 15:35:50.

Where, 15% is reserved for the host sub-county, 35% for host County and 50% for other counties other than the host county.

In addition to its 15% allocation, the host sub-county also has a share in the 35% of the county allocation.

The ratio of public to private schools will be determined by the percentage of unplaced candidates in private and public school in each sub county.

Sub-county quota in the host county in an extra-county school is based on its candidature using the following formula:

Sub-county Quota = (Sub-county Candidature of a given gender)/(Total County Candidature of same gender) X Available Vacancies in the extra-county schools


3. County Schools Form One Selection List 2023

Available places in county schools are shared out between sub-counties in the ratio of 20:80 where 20% of places are reserved for the host sub-county and 80% for the host county shared out equitably among all the sub-counties therein, the host sub-county inclusive.

Students are selected based on merit and choice.

4. Sub-County Schools Form One Selection List 2023

Selection of candidates to this category will be based on merit, choice and commutable distances from parents/guardians homes.

Affirmative action for slum areas

In order to promote equity and enhance allocation of proportionate slots for candidates from slum areas, the following interventions will be put in place;

  • National schools: the top 1 boy and 1 girl will be selected to national school of their choice from identified primary schools in the slums. This will be an additional share to the sub county where the slums are located.
  • Extra -county schools: In addition to the sub county share, the top 3 boys and 3 girls will be selected to extra county schools of their choice from the identified primary schools in the slums

SNE schools selection

Selection will be based on choice, merit and type of need/disability. KCPE candidates with hearing and visual impairment will be pre-selected to the relevant schools.

Those with physical disabilities may be placed in regular, special or integrated secondary schools.

 Day Wings in Boarding Schools selection

The Ministry of Education is encouraging the opening of day wings in existing boarding schools for the following reasons: –

  1. Expanding capacities in the already established schools and maximizing the use of available resources;
  2. Decongesting the boarding facilities
  3. Delinking admission from bed capacity;
  4. Enhancing parental responsibility in management of students’ discipline,
  5. Catering for learners with health challenges
  6. Demystifying the perception that boarders perform better than day scholars.
  7. Preparation to standardize all schools in a move to embrace exclusive day schooling in the country.

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