The Star (Nairobi)

31 January 2013

Kenya: Tahdhib Head's Plea Over Form 1 Selection

A headteacher from Mombasa has asked the Ministry of Education to admit the form one students on merit.

"Last year the selection system favoured public schools and this is not good at all," said Ahmed Abdu of Tahdhib Muslim Academy. "Every pupil who has worked hard should be given a chance to join the national school of his or her choice," he said.

The head teacher said the admission should be strictly on merit and not on favouritism.

"Some of our pupils from the private schools were not admitted to national schools even thought they had performed well in the national exams. This is very disappointing," he said.

Abdu said last year's system led to most top performing pupils from private schools not being admitted to nationals schools.

"Most parents who take their children to academies want their well performing students admitted to national schools," said Abdu."Education is a right of every child."

The headteacher urged the government to allocate enough funds to the Ministry of Education to help it fund education to all Kenyans.

"The pupils are all Kenyans. We have no private or public Kenyan here. Therefore, let the government give chance to all this time round," he said.

On the other note, Abdu encouraged the government to n order to enable 100 per cent transition to high school.

"Last year many pupils sat for their KCPE exams. If there will not be enough facilities in secondary schools, most pupils will not get a chance. So let the government know that it is its responsibility to ensure that there are enough facilities like classrooms in all schools," he said.

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