Form One Selection 2023 for candidates who sat for their KCPE 2023 exams is now on.  The Selected candidates will get admission letters for form one in National, Extra County, and County Schools by January 2023. Candidates are advised to Download admission letters online through the Ministry of Education website ( Don’t worry about the website link scroll below for direct links to download the admission laters. Everything is just a click or a finger tab away. You can also find information on Form one selection criteria, marks, grading and the school your candidate has been admitted to.

Criteria used by the Ministry of Education for KCPE 2013/2024 Form one selection

  • Admission letters are posted on the Education ministry website
  • Parents can check the schools their children have been selected to join by sending an SMS to 20042.
  • You are required to SMS with the candidate’s Index Number to 20042 from any network.
  • To check for admission letters online, log on to, select the county and sub-county the candidate sat KCPE then key in your index number and submit.

To complete the process, click on the admission letter at the bottom of the page.

The Form One Intake entails the admission into either National, extra-County, County or District Day Schools depending on the candidate’s performance and school choices captured during the year the candidate sat for KCPE.

National Schools selection is based on candidature and affirmative action thus enabling each district to get a candidate selected to a National School.

The National School Quota is used to select candidates per Gender and Merit List per District.

The cut-off for each National School is automatically determined based on the last Candidate to be Selected to a given National Schools from a Given District in a County.

County Schools are Selected on a 40% (National): 40% (to Districts within County and Inclusive Home District of the School): 20% (for Home/Host District of the School).

Form One 2023 Selection Process

The Computerised selection follows the following steps:

  1.  Selection of Top 1 and 2, for both Gender (boys and girls) to their national school choices, if an allocation has been provided for their District. In absence, the computer assigns such performing candidates schools of equivalent stature to their choices;
  2.  Selection of Other National Schools Quota based on Candidates ratio from Public and Private;
  3.  System gives advantage to Counties inclusive of host country in filling vacancies which may arise during the selection (such as inability of certain Districts to produce candidates with more or equal to 280 marks);
  4. Selection of Extra-County Schools which have same features as National Schools with variance being the number of candidates to be picked being more within the host Counties of the schools;
  5. County Schools purely selects students within  a County, all boarding schools fall under this category;
  6. District Selection: still done manually due to challenges of mapping primary schools or communities to the proximity of secondary day schools.

Form one Admission letter via SMS

To download your admission letter for secondary school where you have been placed, send an SMS with your Index Number to 20042 from any network.

Download Form One 2023  Admission Letters Online below