MOE Releases New Secondary Transfer and Admissions Rules; Complete Guide
New Secondary School Transfer and Admissions Rules; All You Should Know
Secondary school students will no longer be permitted to initiate school transfers without first obtaining permission from the ministry.
The Ministry of Education has issued a set of procedures for interested students to follow.
Only students who use this procedure will be considered, according to the new ‘transfer and admissions form.’
The letter states that “no school shall admit a student without a letter of transfer signed by directors of education in the sub-county and county.”
This is in contrast to previous years, when students switched schools without involving government stakeholders.
It is understood that this is intended to keep disobedient students from changing schools.
“All principals must give release letters to students seeking transfers to other schools stating very clearly the conduct of the student,” the letter reads.
The county director of education, sub-county director, secondary education director, and special programs director should all sign the letter.
“A principal who covers up a student’s conduct shall be held responsible for any subsequent problems,” the letter reads.
Each of these directors must sign a transfer letter, whether it is inter-county, inter-sub-county, or inter-regional.
The letter for national school transfers will be signed by the ministry’s director of secondary education and special programs.
“Students seeking transfers from one county to another must be authorized by CDE; sub-county transfers must be authorized by SCDE,” the letter states.
The ministry has also instructed students to submit transfer requests for the upcoming school year by October 30.
This means that students should apply for transfers in the third term so that they know their fate by the first term.
“No transfer shall be carried out in the middle of the year except those under special circumstances,” the letter reads.
This directive also states that no students shall be admitted to a new school during the middle of a school year.
The letter states that “a school that may have a vacancy or vacancies to admit more students shall issue a transfer letter signed by the principal.”
To begin the transfer process, the transfer letter will be sent to the former school.
A sample transfer letter obtained by the Star has seven slots to be filled by various people.
The first section contains information about the students, while the second section is to be signed by the receiving principal.
“The receiving principal states if they have a vacancy, if they accept or deny the application,” the letter reads.
The third section is to be filled out by the principal of the school where the student is being released.
They must submit information about the students’ performance, outstanding fees (if any), discipline, and willingness to release the student.
Beginning with Part 4, the Ministry of Education’s directors take over the transfer process.
The letter states, “SCDE of receiving subcounty approving or declining transfer, CDE of receiving county approving or declining application, while stating reasons.”
The RCEs of the current and receiving counties will also approve or reject the transfer at the regional level.
The final part of the application must be completed by the national director of secondary education.