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Grade 7 Learners to Remain in Primary Schools – New CBC Report

Grade 7 Learners to Remain in Primary Schools – New CBC Report.

It has been determined that junior secondary students shall remain in primary schools following six years of study under a new curriculum, three years of school-based evaluations, and three days of challenging Grade Six national exams.

The Kenya Kwanza administration reached this bold conclusion after the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms gave its first report to President William Ruto yesterday.

In addition, the research suggests that the recently concluded Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) should be used for something other than placement in junior secondary schools.

“Instead, it will be utilized as an assessment to track learning progress and give education sector stakeholders input on intervention-required areas.”

The shocking ruling about where students should be placed has ended a dispute that has divided people in education.

According to an announcement from the State House, junior high schools (Grades 7, 8, and 9) will move into the current primary schools.

The Kenya Union of Post Education Teachers (Kuppet) and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) were pulling in opposite ways about the placement of junior secondary students.

Educationists and scholars were also highly divided on the issue, with some stating that transition does not entail travel from one physical area to another and others contending that the shift is essential for the psychological health of students.

Parents reported that their children were too young to enroll in secondary schools.

The leader of the Kenya Parents Association, David Obuhatsa, praised the decision Tuesday. “Many parents were hesitant to enroll their children in secondary schools. Neither of them were prepared to pay secondary school tuition. Now that we are relieved, we shall enter the holiday season with clear thoughts,” he remarked.

The Standard was informed by sources in the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms that worries over the young ages of primary school pupils and a strategic plan to avoid double intake pressures were among the reasons senior grade learners will remain in primary schools.

Parents worried about their kids’ safety in secondary schools, which they thought were boarding schools with a history of fires and bad behavior.

Akelo Misori, secretary general of the Kuppet, voiced displeasure with the decision, describing it as “hostile” to CBC reforms. 

“Kuppet is deeply disappointed by the recommendations made in the interim report of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform. It is clear that the Working Party has decided to negate the essence of the Competency-Based Curriculum but only lacks the confidence to say as much,” he said.

He added, “The Working Party has created more problems than the one it sought to solve. Rather than pronounce itself on how the transition to JSS should be handled, it has falsely directed the Ministry of Education to ‘provide the necessary guidelines’.”

Collins Oyuu, the secretary general of Knut, said that the decision was good and that the task committee had thought about what teachers all over the country thought.

“We are home and dry. We have scored highly in this game since most of our recommendations have been captured in totality. What we presented has been taken care of,” Mr. Oyuu said.

The Knut administrator suggested that Grades 7–9 be called senior primary school or intermediate level.

Oyuu stated that his union had proposed they have a distinct level of administration and that they wear different uniforms to distinguish themselves from the lower level in the same institution.”

Mr. Oyuu said that when the new system was implemented, the union put up a red flag, but their ideas were not considered.

 “We had three research findings way back before the task force was formed, which took us four months to come up with. We had actually thought of giving it to the former Cabinet secretary to use as a case study, but we were told the train had already taken off.

The Jubilee Government’s plan to have former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha travel around the country to oversee the building of over 10,000 classrooms, which would have cost over Sh8 billion, was changed by President Ruto’s decision.

As the government gets ready to switch from the 8-4-4 system to the 2-6-3-3-3 system, these new classrooms will make high schools less crowded.

Also, it was clear that the administration wanted to ensure that systemic problems like infrastructure and how teachers were used were dealt with well during the transition.

According to our sources, the 8-4-4 cohort’s complete departure was a top priority in the transition plan to reach this goal.

This means that the final 8-4-4 cohort, which will sit for the KCPE next year, will enter Form 1 in 2024, while current Grade Six students will graduate from the junior secondary in 2025.

In 2025, there will be no Form 1 classes, allowing the government to prepare for the transfer to the next level of education.

The task group found that about 17% of teachers have training beyond P1 and are qualified to teach students in high school.

A government statement says that each primary school will get an extra classroom, with the labs getting the most attention.

Misori said that KPSEA was no longer needed and that students would have to stay in primary schools, which would slow their intellectual, social, and emotional development.

Grade 7 Learners to Remain in Primary Schools – New CBC Report.

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