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Most Junior Secondary Students Will Be Day Scholars – Magoha

Stiff competition for schools is expected in Grade Nine from both private and public school students.

Most Junior Secondary Students Will Be Day Scholars – Magoha

Private schools have been urged to construct standalone junior secondary school facilities in order to accommodate students before the rollout next year.

Prof George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, stated that the move will help to alleviate traffic congestion as the ministry prepares to transition all CBC Grade Six students to junior secondary schools.

Prof Magoha stated at Namgoi Secondary School in Nandi County after commissioning the CBC classroom that the ministry is also banking on spaces in primary schools that share a compound with secondary schools to relieve pressure.

“The ministry is working with private schools and other stakeholders to ensure that there will be adequate infrastructure to accommodate the 1.2 million students who are set to graduate from Grade Six in December to join Grade Seven in January,” he said

Grades seven, eight, and nine will be included in junior secondary school. In Grade Nine, both private and public school students are expected to compete for schools.

He stated that the government has already completed the construction of 11,000 classrooms in phase one and is currently working on another 3,500 classrooms before the elections.

Most Junior Secondary Students Will Be Day Scholars

The CS stated that most children will be day scholars, as they are now because there are more day schools than boarding schools, and that measures have already been put in place to ensure that Grade Seven textbooks are delivered on time.

To combat religious discrimination, the Education Secretary, who was accompanied by education stakeholders and Nandi County Commissioner Herman Shambi, also directed that all schools in the country allow students to wear religious attire such as hijabs, turbans, and veils.

“No child should be removed from school because of wearing a headgear whether it is a Muslim hijab, Christian sister attire, or Akorino turban. The directive must be followed to the latter. Let us allow learners to enjoy the freedom of worship,” he said


He also urged school administrators across the country to welcome religious guidance in learning institutions as a means of instilling discipline in students.

“We are calling upon principals to create a prayer place in schools to enable students to practice their faith. This will help shape their character and instill disciplined. School, where they have Chaplains and Imams, guiding and counseling, should be encouraged,” he said.



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