According to Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner (CC) Norbert Komora, over 12,000 students in the county are expected to transit to secondary schools.
Speaking to the media at his Chuka office, the commissioner stated that the county has 462 primary schools, of which 243 are public and 119 are private, and 166 secondary schools, of which 154 are public and 12 are private, implying that the number of students in primary schools outnumbers the capacity of secondary schools.
He did say, however, that the government is working hard to ensure that every student who took the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) successfully transitions to form one.
“It is our duty as government to ensure each student has been given the opportunity to further their studies,” he said.
Komora stated that 7, 891 students have already enrolled in secondary schools, with 3, 713 males and 4, 178 females.
He went on to say that they would make sure that other candidates were admitted to schools outside of the county so that no student was left behind.
Those who did not want to join secondary school were encouraged to enroll in Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) institutes for further studies.
“Those who feel they cannot join secondary schools should enroll in TVET institutes hence there should be no excuse why a student does not further their education,” he said
The CC stated that a County Education Board would be formed soon to ensure that students in all subcounties who completed class 8 successfully transition to secondary school.
The government is attempting to reduce the waste of bright students between classes 8 and form one by providing the resources required for candidates to transition.
Komora pleaded with parents to assist the government in its efforts to provide infrastructure and bursaries for students.
He encouraged them to apply for other types of government or non-governmental bursaries, such as those offered by the National Government Constituencies Development Fund NG-CDF, the Equity Foundation, Mpesa Foundation, and Family Bank, among others.
“Most times the government pays half and the parents the other half. Parents should therefore take advantage of other forms of bursaries,” he said.
While at it, he urged politicians to hold peaceful rallies when soliciting votes in order to maintain a peaceful environment during the election period.