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2,300 Public Primary Schools Selected to Host Junior Secondary Schools

2,300 Public Primary Schools Selected to Host Junior Secondary Schools.

In January of next year, 2,300 public primary schools will host Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).

This comes as the government continues to scramble at the last minute to ensure that there are enough classrooms for Grade Seven students.

Prof George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, stated on Wednesday that the chosen primary schools are those that share a compound with secondary schools.

“We have said as a government, when a high school and a primary school are within the same compound, we shall also use the physical resources that are there,” he said.

According to the CS, the country’s 2,300 primary schools provide a total of 5,000 classrooms that will be used to host the JSS.

The CS was speaking at Pumwani Boys High School in Nairobi, where he oversaw the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms.

Prof Magoha has been traveling from county to county, commissioning classroom construction in various schools.

He also went to Pumwani Girls Secondary School in Nairobi to look at classrooms.

So far, the best performing counties include Nandi, Nyandarua, Kisii, and Nyamira, all of which have completed some classrooms.

Last month, the government completed over 10,000 classrooms for junior secondary phase one.

This month, he began the construction of over 3,500 classrooms for phase two.

According to the CS, the government is also working closely with private schools to ensure that some junior secondary school students will be accommodated.

The government anticipates that private schools will build over 5,000 classrooms for JSS.

Prof Magoha stated that the guidelines for student placement from primary to junior secondary schools will be released in two weeks.


The CS stated that the classrooms must be built and completed no later than one week after the elections.

Prof Magoha of the University of Nairobi said that so far, 20 private primary schools have been cleared for registration, and another 70 will be cleared by Saturday to host the Junior Secondary School.

Magoha also tells the private sector to build new junior high schools.

Prof Magoha, on the other hand, dismissed the idea of the government funding students in private schools, claiming that capitation would only be available to students in public secondary schools.

He also stated that where the government is required to facilitate, the government will work with private schools to ensure that they are encouraged to register.

2,300 Public Primary Schools Selected to Host Junior Secondary Schools



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