Government does not have enough land to set up requisite facilities for JSS Transition – Magoha
The govt has allowed private schools to create more classes in order to ease students’ transition to junior secondary school.
The students will begin junior secondary school in January 2023 and senior secondary school in January 2026.
CS Education According to George Magoha, the government does not have enough land, particularly in cities, to create all of the necessary facilities ahead of the transition.
He requested that private schools begin putting in place additional structures to help with the transition.
“Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu do not have enough secondary schools. We encourage private schools with the capacity to set up more facilities,” he said.
According to the CS, the initial directive was that junior secondary schools be set up in secondary school compounds, but a lack of land appears to be impeding transition efforts.
He reassured parents that the national exams scheduled for next year would go off without a hitch.
Magoha stated that the President has already directed his ministry and the Ministry of the Interior to coordinate properly so that the exercise is not jeopardized.
He stated that efforts were being made to ensure that the exam, as directed by the President, has a human face.
The CS urged candidates not to be anxious and to put an end to the fear that was driving some of them to burn down schools.
The Ministry of Education 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.
The transition from senior secondary school is expected to occur in 2029 when more than 1.2 million Grade 5 students will enter university.
According to the Task Force on Enhancing Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity, and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms Implementation, university enrollment will triple, necessitating significant investment in infrastructure and human resources.
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Prof Fatuma Chege, who later became the principal secretary for Curriculum Reform Implementation, presided over the task force.