Some 2,753 Form One students are yet to report to their respective schools in Taita Taveta, a week after the deadline.
Taita Taveta County Director of Education Simon Wanjohi said as at last Friday, only 70.84 per cent of Form One students had reported.
“We expected a total of 9,443 students but only 6,690 had reported by Friday,” Wanjohi said.
He said 3,249 are boys while 3,441 are girls.
The government intends to achieve 100 per cent transition in form one admissions across the country.
The Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said chiefs and their assistants will be held accountable for students who fail to report to school.
“No child has an excuse to be out of school under the free day secondary education programme,” Matiang’i said.