5 points to consider before transferring your child to another school


January is usually the start of the new school year and most parents take the opportunity to transfer their children to a new school.

There are several reasons why a parent may want to apply for a school transfer.

Some of the reasons that drive parents to seek transfer include; the child is unsettled at his current school, financial situation, a job change necessitating relocation, and a change of educational system.

Students of Kamariny Primary School participate in physical activities.

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Consider the following before transferring your child;

Study Programme/Syllabus

According to International School Bangkok (ISB), a curriculum is important because it supports a child with personal growth and academic growth.

ISB further states that a good curriculum should provide them with knowledge and skills that will help them thrive in all areas of life.

Parent Circle (2022) education magazine explains how the right syllabus determines the quality of education for your child.

“The new school’s educational philosophies and practices should align with your parenting beliefs and your child’s personality.

“Depending on his needs, decide which type of school is best for him,” advises the magazine.

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In cases where the syllabus matches your previous school, make sure that your child was not far behind the previous school.

So it is imperative to make sure that the school you are transferring your child to has the same curriculum unless you are transferring to find another education system.

This is because a different curriculum will make your child fall behind before catching up with other students.

Students who carry out projects in the CBC educational system

Students who carry out projects in the TBEN education system



Is your child academically challenged in a positive way? This is a pertinent question to ask yourself before settling in a new school.

Heidi Grant prescribes Harvard Business Review describes the challenges bright kids experience when they attend a school where there are no peers.

“If a smart child doesn’t find their peers, it hinders the child from reaching their full potential because of a lack of positive challenge,” Grant writes.

Grant further adds that underachieving students are also negatively impacted when they are transferred to a school with academically gifted children.

IS B advises that the new school should be able to accurately assess students’ level and provide an accurate amount of challenge to keep them engaged and improve their learning.

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Transfer push factors

As a parent, you should never lose sight of what prompted you to hand over your child in the first place.

Will the problems that necessitated the transfer be solved in the new school?

According to Think Student UK (2022) education publication: “To avoid further disruption to your child’s education, make sure the new school is ideally where they will stay until the next step of their school journey.”

For example, if you transfer your child because of bullying, are you sure there is no bullying at the new school?

Students pose to demonstrate how bullying happens in Kenyan high schools.

Students pose to demonstrate how bullying happens in Kenyan high schools.

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The child’s preference

Your child’s emotions should be taken into account before settling into a new school.

If the child is not comfortable with the transfer, he may not be making the necessary effort for the new school.

According to education expert Riya Sree Kaishyap, “When children change schools, they have to adapt to a new routine, make new friends and also be in the good books of the teachers..”

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Kaishyap believes that if the child was on board when agreeing to the transfer, they will fail to achieve the above-mentioned steps, leaving them behind and may also sink into depression.

Teacher – Student ratio

For effective teaching, the teacher-student ratio recommended by the Ministry of Education is 40:1.

The reason the ministry has established such a ratio is to ensure the quality of your child’s education.

According to Kaloki Joseph Waita of the University of Nairobi, research published in the European Journal of Education Studies indicates why it is important to take into account the teacher-student ratio.

“Studies show that student academic performance increases significantly in a smaller class size (lower student-teacher ratio) in regular classes,” he notes.

Before transferring your child, check whether there are enough teachers at the new school.


Teachers at a previous conference of heads of high schools in Kenya in April 2022 in Mombasa.

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