Junior Secondary School Transition Puzzle As January’s Double Intake Nears
Even as Grade 6 students prepare to take their national exam beginning on November 28, it is unclear where they will be housed beginning in 2023.
To accommodate the increased enrollment, the previous administration oversaw the construction of an additional 10,000 secondary school classrooms.
Primary schools were required to build functional laboratories to be approved as junior high schools.
According to various studies, most secondary schools will not be able to accommodate the double intake.
However, the secretary general of the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Akello Misori, stated that transition is the least of the Competency-Based Curriculum’s concerns.
Misori stated during a television appearance that boarding schools must be eliminated to cut the expense of education.
The union leader stressed that relocating the JSS to the primary school requires a change in lessons and administration.
Misori stated that if seventh-grade students are hosted in primary schools, they should be instructed by secondary school teachers.
“We must offload teachers in secondary school to come and teach physics, technology, IT, history and biology because that’s the component of JSS.”
The principal of Dagoretti High School, Lawrence Nyakweba, stated that there are now 800 Form 1 students.
In response to the teacher shortfall, the school’s management board has hired 28 BOM teachers.
“We have to remunerate them from the boarding section. We spend almost Sh600,000 per month from boarding, it’s a big challenge,” he said.
According to him, this was an attempt to address the delivery of the CBC curriculum.
For example, Dagoretti High School has ten Form 1 streams and two additional classrooms.
“If we must accommodate them, we will utilize one of our two halls.” He explained that one consists of a basement, ground level, and first story.
St Teresa’s School in Kakamega county has 215 Form 1 students.
This means the school anticipates approximately 400 students, or double the current enrollment.
The school principal told the Star, “The ministry added us one classroom, and we do not know where we will house the remaining students.”
Most primary schools have developed laboratories. A list issued to school administrators indicates that private schools will provide 369,000 slots for JSS.
Kiambu county has 114 schools, while Nairobi county has 142 schools.
The list includes both the number of classes and the number of students in each school’s classrooms.
Nairobi county has 60,359 private school student slots, followed by Kiambu, with 22,665 places.
Several counties have less than ten approved schools, meaning more pupils in those counties will attend public schools.
Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, and Samburu counties each have one accredited school, whilst Narok and Kericho have two.
Collins Oyuu, secretary general of Knut, had already requested a study of the junior secondary based on the domicile of the aforementioned students in grades 7, 8, and 9.
The union wants junior secondary to be renamed senior primary and eventually become a middle school or an equivalent phrase.
Mark Oseno, a Knut Corporate officer, stated that the basis for this advice is that there are more elementary schools than secondary institutions.
“We have almost 6,000 secondary schools and 24,000 primary schools so even if you give one classroom to every secondary school then they can’t match,” Oseno said.
According to the corporate executive, infrastructure is the primary worry for this proposed change to intermediate school.
In the interim, he stated that the government may utilize primary school infrastructure.
“In the fullness of this idea, we have a middle school that was formerly an intermediate school, so that they are neither primary nor secondary,” he added.
The end-of-sixth-grade summative examination will be offered in five topics, not thirteen as previously reported.
The topics have been grouped into five categories: English, mathematics, Integrated science, creative arts, and Kiswahili.
Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical Health are included in Integrated Science.
Social studies, Christian, Islamic, Hindu education, arts and crafts, and music are included in Creative Arts and Social Studies.
The summative assessments contribute 60%, while the school-based assessments each contribute 20%.
Beginning on November 28, the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment will be administered.