4,600 Form One in West Pokot Yet To Report To School.
Nearly two months after 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates began their classes in form one across the country, nearly 4,600 students in West Pokot County have yet to report.
Because of the large number, County Commissioner Apollo Okello has directed area administrators to investigate the whereabouts of the missing students.
Okello gave chiefs, assistant county commissioners, and deputy county commissioners a two-week deadline to visit the pupils’ former primary schools and see if they received results to join form one.
He stated that the government implements a 100% transition from primary to secondary school and that it is regrettable that such a large number of students are absent.
“We have not done well on 100 per cent transition. We are at 74 per cent and in the two weeks, we have to ensure all the missing 4,600 are found and taken back to school,” said Okello.
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The commissioner urged parents to ensure that their children attend school, and that if they do not have school fees, the government will assist them.
Children, according to Okello, will only be catered for when they are in school.
“The county distributes bursary for all learners and parents should take advantage of free bursary and educate their children,” he said.
Okello stated that as security officials, they have also ensured peace within the county to provide learners with a peaceful learning environment.
“I want to assure the public that we will trace the 4600 learners and take them back to school, if we get a parent who is not willing to take learners to school he or she will be arrested,” he said.