Ministry Reveals How primary schools will host junior secondary (JSS)
The Ministry of Education has announced that extra facilities in public primary schools will be converted into junior secondary sections.
Fatuma Chege, Principal Secretary for Curriculum Reform Implementation, stated that in cases where secondary schools are not close to primary schools, day schooling will be used to fill the extra classrooms.
The PS stated that plans are being made to put in place policies that will guide the transition’s implementation ahead of the big shift in 2023.
She also stated that instructions will be issued on how extra infrastructure in remote primary schools or institutions without secondary sections will be used to anchor junior secondary schools.
“Logic will have to speak on its own merit. If a primary school will have extra classrooms, a decision will be made based on prevailing circumstances on how they will be utilized,” said Chege.
She stated that as part of this plan, junior secondary students will use the extra classes but only during the day
The PS was reacting to conflicting messages about how the infrastructure of primary schools would be used when Grade Six students transitioned to junior secondary schools.
She did, however, clarify that, in accordance with the recommendation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) task force, junior secondary schools will be accommodated in existing secondary schools.
The task force’s recommendations are being fine-tuned for implementation, according to the PS.
She stated that new classrooms will be built in existing secondary schools in preparation for the transition, as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to the most recent ministry data, the process of constructing 11, 578 classrooms across 7, 686 secondary schools is currently underway.
The National Treasury has released Sh4 billion for the project’s first phase, according to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
He stated that the funds, along with Sh1.2 billion from his ministry’s infrastructure fund, will be used to build 6,500 classrooms in 6,371 secondary schools.
According to Chege, not all schools will have additional classrooms.
The Ministry can conduct a nationwide audit to validate the existing data on the infrastructure of all schools for rationalization.
She stated that the existing infrastructure will be greatly rationalized. She stated that this will entail merging some schools and making space in institutions with small enrollments. Additional classrooms will only be built if they are required.
- KNQA to Recognize Non-Formal Learning
- Probe Shows Pressure for Good Results Led to Malpractices in 2022 KCSE Exams
- KUCCPS Lists 153 Govt Sponsored Courses for D- and E Students
- Drama Festivals Kick Off in Machakos Region
- Teachers Involvement in Exam Malpractice Uncovered
“Even now, a lot of arithmetic is going on to know which specific schools require additional infrastructure given that most schools have adequate spaces,” said Prof Chege.
According to the PS, neighbouring schools will be encouraged to share some of the resources with other government institutions in order to reduce costs and maximize utilization.