Students selected to join secondary schools are set to start reporting from Wednesday.

The students have until February 10 to take up their places or lose them, with those selected to join national schools being the first to report.

A total of 23,085 students have been selected to join the 103 national schools, while extra-county schools have admitted 63,990. County schools have taken 123,435, sub-county schools have 481,318 and private schools have admitted 66,351 students.

Out of the 927,401 candidates, who sat last year’s KCPE examination, 759,603 have secured slots in secondary schools, translating into a transition rate of 82.05 per cent, up from 78 per cent in 2015.

Education Principal Secretary Bellio Kipsang said candidates who will fail to take up their places will be replaced after deadlines set by the ministry elapse.

Dr Kipsang added that candidates offered places in schools they cannot afford should go to bursary committees and well-wishers for assistance.

He warned that no one should manipulate them to surrender their letters of offer in exchange for cheaper schools.

He said replacements for national schools would maintain a national catchment with declared vacancies benefiting students from counties that may not have taken up their first selection slots.

Source:Daily Nation