After receiving a belated announcement of results, pupils who wrote the Kenya Primary School Examination (KCPE) are now following the outcome of the Form One selection beginning February 4, 2013, in a year that education will suffer further disruption following the General Elections, right in the middle of the first term.
So far, the Ministry of Education, via the PS, George Godia, has provided details to the effect that 16 125 candidates will make it to the national schools, with the latter increasing following the promulgation of the Constitution that saw high schools receive ranking by their counties.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that 119000 of the candidates who sat the exams may lack places in secondary schools, following disproportionate asset-to-student ratio. This is in tandem with the sweeping changes that saw the candidate level reach over eight hundred thousand, as a result of the free primary education program of the current administration.
Further Educational Statistics
The World Bank recently published details of the representative percentages of demographics including on educational assets, human resource, students and fiscal resources in the last two years.
As a result of all-time high class enrollment, a teacher serves a hundred learners in a typical government school, particularly in urban centers that experience high population density. The percentage of female teachers, now at 45.5% is greater than that of previous year, when it was 44.2%.
The total number of primary educators in Kenya is 147596, which shows a marginal reduction in comparison with the preceding year when it was 146796.
The spending levels in proportion with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the entire education sector in the country now stands at 6.6%, a notch higher from estimates of 6.4% in the preceding financial year. As a percentage of total state expenditure on civil servants, the current estimate is 20.2%.
The aggregate student-teacher ratio in the country at the primary level is 46.5%, which is an increase from the previous year when it stood at 45.6%. That of the secondary level now currently stands at 29.9%.
On the proportion of trained teachers, the margin shows the percentage of male and female teachers grossing high at 98.4% and 98.5% respectively. This statistic shows a marginal improvement in the male section but marginal depreciation for the female.
As KCPE secondary school positions come out, it will be great to watch how the selection captures the current entire education demographics.