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MOE adopts new selection formula for placement of KCPE 2020 Candidates in secondary schools

Form one placement 2021 by newspro.co.ke

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MOE adopts new selection formula for placement of KCPE 2020 Candidates in secondary schools

 (2021) Form one 2021 placement letters, and lists/results Per Category- National schools, Extra County Schools and Countys chools in kenya; 2021 Form one  selection/ placement results, admission lists and admission letters

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The Ministry of Education has introduced a new selection formula for secondary school placement for 1,179,182 pupils who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams this year.

The ministry says it will conduct only one selection and placement exercise in 2021 as compared to earlier selection exercises which opened the process to parents and candidates to choose their preferred schools during the second round of selection.

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The new formula will likely affect candidates who scored less than 350 marks who normally land their selected schools during the second selection phase.

8,091 candidates scored above 400 marks while 282,090 candidates scored between 300 and 399 marks in the 2020 KCPE exam.

Education CS Magoha affirmed to parents that the new process would ensure learners get a fair opportunity in securing top slots in the coveted county and national schools.

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“We want a system that will pick the best brains from Kiandutu slums in Thika and take them to Alliance Girls High school” Magoha stated.

The form one selection process is normally determined by merit, candidate’s preferences, regional balance, and affirmative action which opts to favour students in regional areas.

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Regional balance helps students who soared higher marks in their counties or sub-counties get an opportunity to join national schools. On Thursday, April 15, during the release of the 2020 KCPE results Professor Magoha announced that there would be a 100 percent transition of all candidates into secondary schools.

He also stated that the government would give 9,000 scholarships to students from needy and poor backgrounds.

“I wish to assure the country that the Ministry has already conducted an audit of all new and existing vacancies in all our private and public schools to enable us to admit all learners under the Free Day Secondary Education program.

“We are determined to work with the relevant agencies to ensure that no candidate misses a place in secondary school,” he stated.


KCPE 2020-2021 candidates can therefore check their Placement Results by following the instructions

How To Compose and Send the Form One Selection Results SMS via 22263


Using your mobile phone, access the SMS (Messages) tab and create/ compose a new message.

Fill in the recipient’s details, in this case- the SMS code (where to send the sms to) as 22263

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Enter your KCPE 2020 index number in full (11 digits); see image below.

2021 Form One Selection Results (Instant delivery) through SMS Code 22263

Confirm whether you have entered the correct details. Once you are satisfied that the index number and recipient details are correct,  send the SMS.

Kindly bear in mind that this is a premium service. Therefore you will have to pay Sh25 per an SMS.

In case the SMS from the Ministry of Education delays, kindly be a little bit patient before sending the SMS again.

This is because, immediately the placement results are announced, there will be many anxious KCPE candidates trying to access this service by sending same SMSs and this may prompt the delay.

Finally, only send the placement confirmation SMS once the Ministry of Education formally releases the results to the public.

The next Step,is to download your 2021 form one admission letter online.

Below is a simplified procedure ;

How to download 2021 form one admission letters online

2021 Form One Selection Parameters

It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education to place all the 2020 KCPE candidates to their secondary school of choice.

The Ministry places the students to all public National, Extra County, County and Sub County schools.

Placement of the KCPE 2020 candidates is done based on criteria set by the Ministry of Education.

Top on the list of factors that the Ministry considers is the candidate’s performance (total marks) in the KCPE 2020 examinations. Students with the highest scores (Over 400) are always placed at National Schools.

The vice versa is versa is true as students with lowest scores are placed in Sub County schools.

Another criteria that is considered is affirmative action; where the cut off marks for form one selection is lowered considerably for vulnerable groups of students.

The general performance at the KCPE examinations is also a key determinant in determining the cut-off points for the various categories of schools.

Last, but not least, the form one admissions is pegged on the specific schools’ Form one capacities. This is the maximum number of form one students that a school can accommodate; based on the available space and physical facilities. Schools can request for change of 2021 form one placements (Adjustment of school’s form one capacity).

Where the capacity of a school has improved due to development of additional facilities in the year, a principal must request for placement of additional students and approval in NEMIS.

After the application, the Ministry reviews and adjusts the school’s form one capacity; usually by allowing the school to admit more form one students.


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