1,500 Primary Schools Chosen To Host Junior Secondary Classes
Junior secondary schools will be housed in 1,500 primary schools.
According to the Ministry of Education, the schools were chosen because they had adequate learning and teaching facilities as well as land for physical expansion.
Prof George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary, clarified Wednesday that the junior secondary school will be offered in both boarding and day secondary schools across the country under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
At the same time, Magoha stated that all existing boarding and day secondary schools will admit students transitioning from Grade 6 to Grade 7 under CBC based on Ministry guidelines.
He also stated that some of the schools will be expanded in the future to include a full-fledged secondary wing.
The Ministry has also consulted and advised private schools, particularly in urban areas, to establish stand-alone junior secondary schools to allow students to transition from primary to secondary school.
The implementation of CBC, as well as the transition from primary to junior secondary and, later, senior secondary school, is based on the recommendations of the Taskforce, which was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in 2019 and completed and handed over its report to President Uhuru Kenyatta in February 2021.
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The government is building 10,000 classrooms in schools across the country to ensure an effective and smooth transition.
Furthermore, the government has provided secondary school teachers with training to prepare them to work with students transitioning from primary to junior secondary school next year.
“All these preparations will ensure that all learners in Grade 6 transition smoothly to Junior Secondary School next year. The Government wishes to assure all Kenyans and especially learners, parents and teachers that implementation of CBC is on course and that systems and structures for transition from Primary to Junior Secondary are in placed” said Magoha.