Over 50,000 children who passed their Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) have missed out on the selection exercise. Slightly over 244, 500 former candidates have been selected to join secondary schools across the country.
Out of the 485,752 children who sat for their PLE last year only 374,325 scored between 4 and 28 aggregates to join secondary education. Statistics from the Ministry of Education indicate that 70,560 children have been admitted to private schools that are partnering with government under the Universal Secondary Education program.
Another 173,940 children were admitted to government aided USE schools while another 22,420 children are expected to join non USE schools that are government aided. The Principal Education Officer secondary education Francis Agula says some of these children would be taken up by private schools.
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According to Agula though the USE cut off point is 28, schools are free to take on children who scored as high as 32 aggregates.
Agula revealed that up to 100,000 children are expected to join Business, Technical, Vocational Education and community polytechnics but the rest would miss out.