A total of 1,003,556 pupils are set to transit from primary to secondary schools next year, making it the highest number in Kenyan history after the government announced a 100 per cent transition rate plan.
This will be an increase of about 212,876 candidates from last year.
The current transition rate stands at 83.9 per cent after it improved from 82.1 per cent in 2016, which saw 790,680 out of 942,021 candidates join Form One this year.
A total of 151,341 candidates, who sat last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination, did not join Form One.
The transition will cost Sh6 billion and the government has since embarked on construction of 2,000 classrooms in 2,576 secondary schools in preparation for the transition in January next year.
A total of 1,000 laboratories and 1,000 sanitation facilities are also being set up in schools.
Both Nasa and Jubilee have pledged to make secondary and primary education free starting from next year if they win the polls.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, while speaking on Friday in Nairobi on the state of preparedness for this year’s national examinations, said there will be 28,566 examination centres for the KCPE and 9,350 for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates.