Education stakeholders in Kiambu County have appealed to the Education Ministry to place top KCPE performers from the area in national schools within the County during Form One selection.
They said the local learners would not only get the opportunity to enjoy high quality education but also give the schools local ownership.
Led by Thika MP Patrick Wainaina and the Private Schools Association chairperson Mary Kirika, the stakeholders said it was heartbreaking that only a few students from the area got admissions in the many national schools in the county.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Thika town Wednesday, they said it was also unfair to have local children overlooked in admissions in those schools since local parents participated in their construction.
While noting that the national school tag was critical in improving the education standards of the county, Wainaina said it disadvantaged local learners.
He also underscored the need for the national and county schools to each have two extra classrooms set aside as day schools for learners from the area.
“We propose to have a share of admissions of our children in the local national and county schools. They have been built by our parents and it is only fair that our children get admissions into these schools so that they can have an experience of a high-quality learning environment,” said Wainaina.
Mang’u, Maryhill Girls, Alliance Boys, Alliance Girls, Loreto Limuru Girls and Limuru Girls are some of the prestigious national secondary schools located in the County.
He added that during his five-year tenure as MP, he has managed to improve almost all the schools’ infrastructure as well as offer incentives to teachers and learners, an initiative that he said had helped improve the constituency performance in the just released KCPE results.
Ms. Kirika said learners from private schools who performed well should be given equal opportunities in form one selection like their public schools’ counterparts.
She also took issue with students from the region being enrolled in schools far away from their home counties, saying it was financially draining.
“Many students drop out of school due to being admitted to schools outside their home counties making it more expensive for them, and thus they should be given priority in schools within their counties,” she said.
Last week, the Education Cabinet Secretary announced that the Form One selection would commence in two weeks’ time, assuring that the children would be given equal, fair and just treatment.