Here in my country, completion of primary school education by sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and for those who excel. They get an opportunity to proceed to secondary school education. So during last year’s admission of the K.C.P.E students to various public secondary schools, there were complains of government having favored children from the public schools. This meant a lot of children from private schools who had performed well did not get places in national schools as those from public schools had no problem getting admission to schools of their choice.
But this time round, I heard in the news of a parent complaining that her son had been sent an admission letter for a girl’s boarding school yet he was a boy putting them on a dilemma on what to do next. Her cry to the government was her son to get a place in school that was in his selection category since he had performed well.
Elsewhere a girl was admitted to a distant day school which her mother complained was very far from her home and so commuting on a daily basis would be a problem. She further added the school is located in an area where getting a vehicle to even get to school on time difficult.
The education Cabinet Secretary has always been adamant that admission to various public schools in the country is very fair. But what will become of the children’s future? Imagine a case of a child who was carried shoulder high for being a top performer only for him/her to be slammed for joining a school of choice on grounds of being a private school child.
If the government is committed to giving the children quality education, then let’s see bright changes in our public schools so as we can trust them once again.