A big scramble is expected for places in the 78 national schools most of which were only recently upgraded. As of 2002, Kenya had just 18 such schools.
Traditionally, KCPE results are released towards the end of December. The delay was caused by the teachers’ strike last year.
Government statistics indicate that the transition from primary to secondary education currently stands at 73 per cent, from 43 per cent in 2003.
Of those who make it to high school, though, only 74 per cent complete their education which is, however, an improvement from 46 per cent in 2008.