KNUT Wants Junior Secondary Renamed Senior Primary
Knut has called for the review of the junior secondary level of the Competency-Based Curriculum.
Next week, the Kenya National Union of Teachers will make a presentation to the CBC government task force.
Among their recommendations is increased curriculum funding.
Collins Oyuu, secretary general of Knut, stated that their presentation is based on a research project completed in 2019.
“We have conducted two types of research that will help us make our presentations, one in 2019 and the other in 2022,” Oyuu said.
The research calling for a junior secondary review is based on the domiciling of the said students in Grades 7, 8, and 9.
The union now wants junior secondary to be renamed senior primary, with the goal of eventually renaming it a middle school or another intermediary school.
Knut Corporate officer Mark Oseno clarified that the reason for this recommendation is that primary schools outnumber secondary schools.
“We have almost 6,000 secondary schools and 24,000 primary school so even if you give one classroom to every secondary school then they can’t match,” Oseno said.
According to the corporate officer, the main concern for this proposed shift to intermediate school is infrastructure.
In the meantime, he said, the government could use infrastructure available in primary schools.
“In the completeness of this proposal we have a school called middle school which was previously intermediate so that they are not attached to primary or secondary,” he added.
Teachers should be paid 60% more, according to the union.
Inflation over the last six years, according to Oyuu, necessitates a review of teacher salaries.
“The last time teachers’ salary was increased was 2016, even though we signed a non-monetary CBA we feel like it’s time we got monetary benefits,” he said.
However, he stated that the benefits of maternity and paternity leave will continue to be available to teachers, but they will require funding.
“For teachers who are still active that’s a good thing for them but all these are not sustainable with the same salary,” he said.
The union spokesperson justified the 60% raise by citing a six-year inflation rate of 10%.
He explained this is based on KNBS statistics on the annual inflation rate as of the end of September 2022, which is 9.2 percent.
Grade 7 students study 12 core subjects and seven electives. They must choose a minimum of one and a maximum of two subjects from the seven available.
Visual arts, performing arts, home science, computer science, foreign languages, Kenyan sign language, and indigenous languages are available as electives.
English, Kiswahili, mathematics, integrated science, health education, pre-technical and pre-career education, and social studies are the core subjects.
Religious education, business studies, agriculture, life skills, and sports and physical education are among the others.
Summative assessments will be administered in five subjects rather than 13, as previously reported.
English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Creative Arts, and Kiswahili have been divided into five groups.
Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical Health are all part of Integrated Science.
Social studies, Christian, Islamic, and Hindu education, arts and crafts, and music are all part of Creative Arts and Social Studies.
Summative assessments account for 60% of the total, while the two school-based assessments account for 20% each.
Kenya Primary School Education Assessment will begin on November 28.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment answer sheets seen by the Star show a variety of options.
Students must enter the school code number, assessment number, candidate name, and school.
They are instructed to cross one of the four multiple-choice options to indicate the answer.
The CBC pioneer cohort, which is currently in Grade 6, is expected to enter junior secondary school next year.
According to the ministry, 2.57 million students will enroll in Grade 7 and Form 1 during the January double intake.