Magoha Ends Confusion On Grade 6 Junior High School Transition.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. Geroge Magoha stated to the media on Friday, February 11, in Siaya County, that the junior high schools would be located in secondary schools.
He insisted that the pioneers of the Competency-Based Curriculum would not return to the 8-4-4 system (CBC).
The first Grade Six CBC students are scheduled to take their national exams in December.
“We are putting the Junior High schools in secondary schools. That is why our target is to build 20,000 classrooms.
“Transition to Grade Seven will happen when I am not there but the orders from President Uhuru Kenyatta is that we prepare and leave everything in order. For example, the examination for Grade six in December is ready,” the CS stated.
Magoha went on to criticize various education stakeholders who have called for a return to the 8-4-4 system for the pioneer CBC class.
“I don’t think anyone will be able to stop this because in two months we shall have the pioneer CBC Grade Six and it would be insane to think that these students would be taken to the old system.
He went on to say that the first phase of the country’s construction of junior high school classes was nearing completion and that Ksh3.2 billion had been set aside for the project.
He did, however, reveal that school construction would be paused during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, which is set to begin in March.
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“Our original target for the completion of the classrooms was April but we brought it to March. I can categorically say that they will be done before the first week of the examinations in March and we shall have completed 6467 classrooms.
“Don’t forget that there is another year which will allow the government to build another 10,000 classrooms. Students are not going to move to Grade Seven and Eight together,” he stated.