Most Public School Parents Could Be Forced To Transfer Learners Ahead of Junior Secondary Transition
The majority of public schools are not prepared to handle the junior secondary transition beginning in February 2023, according to a government assessment.
The Ministry of Education’s assessment indicated that the majority of private schools complied with the transition standards.
This disclosure sparked concerns that the majority of parents will be forced to transfer their students to schools that meet the ministry’s standards.
In 2024, 1,6 million students will transition to junior secondary school.
Edwin Argwings, the Sub-County Director of Education in Kasarani, Nairobi, stated on January 11 that the majority of public schools will be unable to accommodate this high number of students, according to assessment reports.
Argwings presented a report on the fourth day of a nationwide evaluation of the readiness of primary schools to handle first-year seventh-grade students in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Argwings warned schools that are not prepared to handle the transition, “We are urging the schools that have not passed the test to step up and work on the recommendations if they want to make the cut.”
“The underway national assessment is not final, we will come back at a later date and if schools will have worked on the recommendations, they will be given a nod to handling the transition,” the director promised.
An institution must be registered with the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) in order to host a junior secondary school.
NEMIS is a web-based data management tool that collects data and information from educational institutions.
Additionally, the school must have enough physical facilities and at least two additional classrooms.
According to the Ministry of Education, institutions must have a sufficient number of qualified teachers to handle the junior secondary school curriculum.
The government evaluates the total number of teaching and non-teaching personnel to ensure they fulfill the required staff-to-student ratio.