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Revision of Form One Selection 2012 PDF Print E-mail

On April 26 2012 Kenya National Examination Council released a press statement advising 2012KCPE candidates that they have opened a window up to 11 May 2012 in which they can check and revise their examination details. This was occasioned by elevation of some 30 secondary schools to national category by the Ministry of Education after the KCPE registration exercise by schools had been concluded. This means that most candidates who choose those schools chose them under their previous category. For such candidates to continue having a chance to be admitted to the same schools, Kenya National Examination Council informs them that they MUST revise their secondary school selection and choose them under the new category. Failure to do so would mean that they cannot be admitted to these schools even if they qualify as the school code, which is used by the computer during form one selection has already been changed as shown in the table at the end of this article.
As parent rush to make the necessary changes, it is important that they consider some tips that if followed would increase the chance of their children being admitted to secondary schools of their choice. Two most frequent questions that  I had to answer soon after form one admission was done during my work as a District Education Officer were:-

1.    My child had scored so many marks but was not admitted to this National school yet so and so who scored less than my child was admitted. Why?
2.    My child did not choose school “A” yet he/she was admitted there yet there were some children who had lower marks that my child yet they were admitted to the school my child had chosen. Why?

To answer the first question, parents need to realize that admission to national schoosl is purely done on choice and KCPE performance. Even if a candidate is the best in the country, he cannot be admitted to Alliance high school for instance unless he had chosen it. Thus one has to choose a school to be admitted during form one selection. The second important thing to note is that each county in the country is allocated a certain quota in each of the national schools.  If a certain county is allocated 3 slot in Alliance High school, those that are admitted are the first three candidates on KCPE merit in the county that had chosen Alliance high school as a first choice.  The first 10 candidate on KCPE merit in Nyeri County for instance, in most cases have higher KCPE mean score than  those in Samburu , Mandera and Kilifi county. What this means is that candidates from Samburu, Mandera and Kilifi may be admitted to Alliance high school and indeed any other national school at lower KCPE men score than those from Nyeri  County.  This partly answers question one.

It is however also important to note that whether you choose a given school as a first, second or third choice among it category also determine whether you are admitted to the school or not, particularly so in national schools. The computer used for form one selection is programmed such that it chooses those who picked a given as a first choice first and only goes to the second choice if it exhaust those who have chosen the given school as first choice. It therefore goes without saying that competitive schools such as Alliance boys and girls, Mangu High, Moi girls Eldoret and Miranda will hardly ever have a candidate who have chosen the school as second choice being picked by the computer for admission.  As such  a candidate in a given county with  a mean score of 430 for instance would fail to be admitted to Alliance high school if he had chosen  the school as a second choice and yet a candidate who scored   420 in the same county who  had chosen the school as first choice be admitted.

A rule of the thumb therefore is, Choose those competitive national schools such as Alliance, Starehe, Mangu, Loreto limuru,  Moi girls Eldoret, Maranda among others only as first choice.
The second important thing to note is that competition in the above schools is likely to increase tremendously for most 2012 KCPE candidates with the increase of national schools instead of decreasing. It has been suggested that selection of form places in national schools may be revised such that a larger quota is reserved for candidates from the county in which a given  national secondary school is situated. If this is adopted, it means that a candidate stands a better chance of being admitted to a national school found in the county where the candidate is registered for KCPE examination.  What this means for instance is that it would be even more competitive for KCPE candidates sitting for KCPE  in other counties other than Kiambu  to be admitted to Alliance boys and girls, Mangu  high, Loreto Limuru girls and Limuru Girls high school.  This is because more slots would be available to those in Kiambu county and the remaining would have to be shared by all the others throughout the country
Revision on form one selection should therefore be based on the fact that the above could be a reality though just but a proposal at the moment. The positive side of it is that candidates have now a wider selection of other national school if they are not admitted to those competitive national schools.  It would be advisable for a candidate to choose a competitive school among the ones mentioned above among others as first choice followed by any of the new national school especially one in the county where the candidate will sit for the KCPE examination as second and third choice. I strongly advise a candidate against choosing Alliance and Mangu or Alliance girls and Moi girls Eldoret at the same time. If you fail to be admitted to the first one you more than often also fail to qualify for the second one. Choose a school that is less competitive as second choice to increase the chance of admission to a national school.

To answer the second question, the computer used in form one selection is programmed as we have seen above to pick those who have chosen a given school as first choice first based on merit. A given county school will fill the quota allocated to a given county (let say 100 pupils) with the first 100 candidates on the merit list who had chosen the school. A situation may arise where a candidate chooses schools that fill the allocated quota with candidates who have scored higher than him/her but still qualify to be admitted to a county school as not all schools may have filled their allocated quotas. The computer is programmed such that it can not leave a candidate without being allocate a school so long as there are some schools with vacancies yet to fill. Such a candidate is allocated by the computer to any of the school with vacancies yet to fill at random. This explains why a candidate may be admitted to a school that was not chosen. To avoid this candidates are advised against choosing schools that are all very competitive. Get advice on how competitive schools are from experienced teachers or the local education office. The District Education office in particular could be very useful in providing cut off KCPE scores for the 2011 KCPE candidates admitted to various secondary schools.  This could be used as a basis of determining the competiveness of a given school. Most important though, know the strength of the candidate to estimate the most likely range of KCPE Examination scores he/ she may attain and choose the school accordingly.



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Thursday, 03 May 2012 09:00

Our stock is composed of assessment tests that that evaluate learners in each of the respective classes on only what they are expected to have been taught since the beginning of the year.

You can purchase any of the product displayed below at the prices quoted. Place an order of the products you are interested in by putting it on the cart. Make the purchase by sending the required money through MPESA 0722345496 or Airtel Money 0731834300, registered under Isaac G. Gitogo.  Send the purchase order after keying in the MPESA transaction number and name. Your order will be email  to you within 12 hours.

All our assessment tests comprise of at least 50 question items in each of the following subjects;- Maths,  Science, English, Composition, Kiswahili, Insha, Social Studies and Religious Education.


1.     Standard 8A1 Excel Assessment Test. Cost Ksh 100. The test aim at evaluating the extent to which class 8 learners are conversant with what they have leant in class 4-7. The tests therefore evaluate only on work covered in those classes. The tests are particularly important during the beginning of class eight to put it to the learners the importance of revising previous classes’ work which will be test during KCPE examination.

2.    Standard 8 A2 Excel Assessment Test. Cost Ksh 100. The test covers what the learners are expected to have learnt up to midterm of term one. The bulk of the question items though are on what they covered in class 4, 5, 6 and 7 further assisting in the revision of the work covered previously. Higher order questions that require learners to apply what they have learnt in real life situations analyze as well as synthesize information have been introduced to train learners to go beyond mare recall of information learnt.

3.    Standard 8 A3 Excel Assessment Test. Cost Ksh 100. The test cover the  work planned for class 8 up to end of term 1 2012 and like A2 test above test place emphasis on understanding information learnt and not simply recalling information. The test is ideal during the end of term on holidays to keep candidates on their toes.

It is advisable to have KCPE candidates have further revision by doing the class seven assessment tests in order to have a more thorough revision of class 4-8 syllabus content.


1.    STD 7 A1 Excel Assessment Test.  Cost Ksh 100 The test aims at making class 7 learners take their work more seriously as they approach class 8.  As in A1 in class 8, the test aim at evaluating the extent to which class 7 learners are conversant with what they have learnt in class 4-6. The tests therefore evaluate only on work covered in those classes. The tests are particularly important during the beginning of class 7 work to put it to the learners the importance of revising previous classes’ work which will be test during KCPE examination. Class 8 learner’s can also do the test for the purpose of revision as the questions though drawn from the same topic are different from those in class 8 test.

2.    STD 7 A2 Excel Assessment Test. Cost Ksh 100 The test is similar  std 8 A2 in that it covers learner’s are expected to have covered up to midterm  of term one with the about 40% of the questions drawn from the previous classes work.

3.   STD 7 A3 Excel Assessment Test. Cost Ksh 100. The test on what the class 7 learners are expected to have learnt up to the end of term 1. The exam is ideal during the April holidays.


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All   assessment tests coded AI are prepared in such a way that they test only on what the learners are expected to have covered by mid term of term 1.  A common characteristic of these tests is such that not less than 50% of the question items are drawn from what the learners have covered within the term. The rest of the question items are from what the leaners are supposed to have covered in the previous classes. By carefully analysis of how the learners answer the question items, a care giver is able to assess the extent to which the leaners are coping with teaching in the new class as well as the retention of the work covered during the previous classes. The assessment tests in store are as follows;-
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Curriculum PDF Print E-mail


KCPE examination preparation starts at class one. This is because what is learnt at this level is the foundation of what will eventually be learnt and tested on. Of great importance is learning how to read which prepares the learner for independent study that is so crucial in academic achievement at all levels. Unfortunately, the leaning level among learners in lower primary is unbelievably low. According to a 2011 study report by UWEZO, a respected education research body in Eastern Africa, seven out of ten children in class three cannot read a class two story below.


Peter and Mary live in Kitui. Kitui is a hot and sunny place. They always wore light clothes. They like playing in the sun. They are happy when it rains. Last year it rained a lot. They helped their father plant some trees. Mother planted maize and beans. There was a lot of food. Mother took some maize to the market. She sold it and got a lot of money. Mother used the money to buy shoes for us. We were all very happy.


1. Where does Peter live?

2. What did mother sell?

The child should attempt to answer the two questions.

Is your child among those who cannot read this story? Participate in your child learning by first and foremost knowing what your child is supposed to have learnt in school. This should be l followed by establishing whether the child actually knows what is expected. It is only then that you can work with the child’s teacher for remedial action whenever necessary. Below are some of the vocabularies and sentences that children in the classes shown should have mastered by the end of term one. See how your child fares.




Goodbye     Good morning        window        Bottle        Flower        Teacher
Blackboard    time-table        desk        Jump        Husband    Father
Grandchildren    sister            Nephew    Mouth        Stomach    Thumb
Leg        cousin            Stool        Good        Chair        pan

The child should be able to read the above words as well as understand their meaning.


1.    Good morning Mr. Gitau?
2.    Please teacher, may I go out.
3.    This is a chair.
4.    Open the window
5.    Who will open the door?
6.    How many brothers do you have?
7.    It was cloudy in the morning
8.    Show me your finger nails.
9.    The boy in the picture is Tom
10.  These are my ears




Friend        Pardon me        Village        Orange        Branch        Ruler
Lesson        Chalk            Story        Sweep        Compound    time
Afternoon        Sunset            Calendar    Year        watch        Meal
Wake up        Supper            behind         outside        Position    Bucket


1.    I am eight years old.
2.    Mary is good at hind and seeks game.
3.     Red is different from yellow.
4.    These are desks.
5.    Is there something in the lunch box?
6.    Yes, there is food in the lunch box.
7.    Show me  your five fingers.
8.    There are  less mangoes than oranges
9.    Have you seen our teacher today?
10.    Where does the carpenter keep his saw?




Library        Lesson        Assembly    Uniform        Games        Labour
Hospital    Syringe        Health        Patient            Sisk        Work
Responsibility    Put        Swim        Comb            Home        knife
Grown ups    Village        Remember    Remind            Direction    Down
Turn left    Walk along    Behind        Toy             Cart        width


1.    As I was going to school, I saw a snake.
2.    I am reading a book.
3.    I go for prayers ever Sunday
4.    We have to take good care of our bodies
5.    Her mother is a nurse in a dispensary.
6.    The pen may be in your desk.
7.    Mutual’s father took the car took the car to the garage.
8.    Put the milk in the bottle
9.    He painted the picture himself.
10.    Have you finished your work?

The child should be able to read more than half of the words and sentences given. The parent can in addition assist the learners in making sentences using the vocabularies given.

Tips on Verifying Colleges & Settling Down PDF Print E-mail

By: John Kariuki

Many higher education and training institutions, both local and foreign, get in top gear at a time like now when the KCSE results are announced. In deed, even “recruiting agents” for some overseas universities set shop locally around this time of the year! And many of our youths are always in a great rush to get some college education by all means.

But in their hurry, they often take everything in college and university advertisements as the gospel truth. Chances are that some of them are suckered into backstreet outfits, here and abroad, that promise heaven but offer hell because of lack of verification. Money is lost and career opportunities missed when the reality dawns that they have been hoodwinked.

This makes it crucial for both the youths and their parents to verify all colleges. And given the mostly shallow orientation of new students in many colleges, the youth should also learn how to get down on their career paths, fast.

College training is an important part of one’s road to his or her career goals. The choice of college is therefore vital if one is to get things right. To start with, the institution should offer the training that is in line with one’s career ambitions. A re-wording of a course from the normal way we know it could be a clever substitution with something else.

And a foreign college should be in a country where English is spoken as a medium of instruction if you are a Kenyan! Otherwise, you will spend precious time learning that country’s official language before embarking on the training proper.

When an application to join an institution is accepted an actual visit to the college is mandatory. You should not rely on your parents or friends here but you must go in person. Such visits will shed light on some aspects that a prospectus or advert may not say. You can assess the physical facilities like lecture halls, workshops, libraries and hostels.

It is also important to consider where the college is situated. Is it in a quiet countryside or above a nightclub in a seedy street? You should also get to know the local town or market center. The philosophy of a college is vital to know beforehand.

There are some colleges that subscribe to religious pillars and others to extreme liberalism with all categories in between. Gauge for yourself and settle for what you are comfortable with. Cases continue to arise where some youths go to college in town only to end up in drunkenness and promiscuity, courtesy of the prevailing philosophy or lack of it. In one case, some distraught parents found the body of their son in a local mortuary after the youth had gone missing from college for several weeks.

For foreign colleges, make a discreet search at their local embassy or consulate. Every foreign mission has an education or cultural attache who can give one some good background information. Ask the embassy people for cultural tips in the foreign country so that you will fit in quickly. For example, in some Middle East countries there are strict dress codes and conduct of men and women in public. Know in advance if it will be winter or summer by the time you go and carry the appropriate clothes. The embassy staff can also guide you on airfares and interconnecting flights. The Internet is also a source of information that can help when researching a foreign college or university.

A prospective student should also inquire about examining bodies for the various courses in any college. An institution is more credible when affiliated to other recognized institutions and renowned examining bodies. Attachment programmes are important to know beforehand, just as is the range and duration of training modules. Some youths may prefer a flexible timetable that allows for study and part-time working. Others may opt for full time study and even the fast-lane schedule where you forgo long holidays and finish up your course ahead of time.

And lastly consider the fees. A slightly higher than average course fees in some colleges may be justified by the provision of extra perks. These may include textbooks, a better diet, protective clothing and gas masks, auxiliary packages like computer, access to the Internet, driving lessons and comprehensive attachment.

After doing the reconnaissance and joining the college, you must not relax and wait for the institution to turn you into a professional. Instead, you must learn quickly and as much as possible about the place. You can get a feel of the “traditions” from older students, the notice board, and college publications. From these, you can learn the term (or semester) activities, places where activities are scheduled to take place and the names of lectures, instructors and support staff. Knowing your way around a new college and its environs makes you feel knowledgeable and secure and at home.

Most lecturers and instructors give out course outlines in good time. You should study these carefully and know the limits of the course and the expectations of the lecturers or instructors by the end of the term or semester. If a course outline is not available you can ask for one. Where required, college youth should buy textbooks in good time and familiarize themselves with them. You will be at ease when the actual teaching kicks off. Large, expensive and difficult collegiate textbooks can be very intimidating. But buying them early and perusing through them eases this apprehension.

In some instances, new students may need special help to settle down. You can seek this from the faculty dean, head of department or lecturers. Where there is a valid reason, even a change of room or roommate can be effected by the authorities. But new students should first find out the official hours when the dean, heads of departments, lecturers and janitors and so on are available for one-on-one counseling. It pays to ask for “old test files” where they are available for a feel of how examinations look like.

At a departmental counseling, new students can seek the finer details of the careers that they have embarked on. Many lecturers and instructors have a deep insight on the latest development in their respective fields. It is generally assumed that college students already know what their career paths entail. But there are definitely some chaps who study, say, radiography or journalism without the faintest idea where these courses will lead them!

There is no harm in seeking more information on what you are up to so that you can get prepared psychologically or change while the going is still good. Since college education is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime, you must be pro-active in choosing and verifying the college you wish to study in. A Gambian proverb says that a hunter with only one arrow does not shoot with a careless aim.


John Kariuki is a teacher, writer and career adviser. He contributes to Standard’s Jobs and Careers and Shillings and Sense columns and the Crazy Monday and Business Unusual magazines. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Tips on Making a Personal Time Table PDF Print E-mail

By: Isaac G. Gitogo:

As a rule, successful study begins with a good study plan also referred to as a study time table. A good study time table balances well all the subjects a candidate intends to study. [..]


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