Chiefs and their assistants in the Coastal region have been directed to go out and ensure all 2019 KCPE candidates in their jurisdiction join secondary schools.
Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata said there is no relenting in the government push for a 100 percent transition policy to secondary school level.
He asked village elders to join hands with the grassroots administrators in tracking the 2019 KCPE candidates who have not yet reported to secondary schools.
He said during the mop up campaign those found at homes or loitering in trading centres would be escorted to nearby day secondary schools.
“Issues of school fees, uniforms and other requirements would be sorted out later” he said adding that school heads are under firm instruction to admit learners who will not be in a position to have all school requirements.
Elungata who was speaking during a public forum in Kanamai location in Kilifi County said the move is an ambitious undertaking fronted by the Ministry of education that requires full commitment from the grassroots administrators.
The RC was accompanied by Coast regional Director of education Hussein Osman and Kilifi county Commissioner Magu Mutindika and a host of secondary school principals.
“This is an ambitious undertaking that seeks to ensure that every Kenyan child regardless of their background attain secondary school education to improve their prospects in life” he said.
He said it was a presidential directive that all children who sat last year’s KCPE exam must be enrolled in form one by end of February.
Elungata said even as schools go for midterm break, there would be no break for those involved in the mop-up exercise.
He said those who are above the age of 18 and who decide to join technical and vocational training institutions seeking employable skills would be exempted from joining form one.