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Magoha To Inspect Junior Secondary Classrooms In Private Schools In The Next One Week

Magoha To Inspect Junior Secondary Classrooms In Private Schools In The Next One Week

Beginning June 1, the Ministry of Education will begin inspecting classrooms built by private schools to accommodate junior secondary school students for compliance.

The classrooms are expected to supplement those being built by the government in anticipation of a surge in enrollment as learners enrolled in the competency-based curriculum (CBC) transition to junior secondary in January.

Magoha revealed that the Ministry of Education has completed 6,497 classrooms in the First Phase of the Competency Based Classrooms (CBC), out of the over 10,000 expected to host junior secondary school students.

While inspecting the construction of a CBC classroom at Merishow School in Isinya, the CS stated that private secondary schools had already begun construction.

Magoha urged private schools to expedite construction and completion of classrooms in time for inspection next week in order to be able to admit junior learners next year.

“We are going to begin inspection of the building of CBC classrooms in private schools in the next one week. The schools are working with us to augment the government’s efforts in realizing the construction of the 10,000 CBC classes,” the CS said.

The ministry has stated that junior secondary schools will be housed in secondary schools. It has, however, encouraged private primary schools with junior secondary wings to accept some of the students.

Secondary school teachers will instruct the students in such arrangements. According to the most recent ministry data, there are 203,448 students enrolled in private secondary schools.

Private schools that want to open secondary school sections must re-register with the ministry.

Primary school will be expanded to Grade Six under the CBC, which means that private schools that do not offer junior secondary risk losing business.

Junior secondary will consist of Grades 7, 8, and 9, after which students will progress to senior secondary for Grades 10, 11, and 12. The length of time spent at university has also been reduced from four to three years.

In November, 1.25 million Grade Six students will take the Kenya Primary Education Assessment, which will replace the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, while 1,320,395 8-4-4 students will begin Form One.


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This is expected to increase secondary school enrollment from 4,381,701 to 6,029,168. When the last class of the 8-4-4 graduates from primary school in 2024, the double intake will be repeated.

Prof Magoha also stated that the second phase will begin in June. Some contractors have complained that the Sh788,000 budget per classroom is insufficient to meet the ministry’s expectations. The CS, however, has ruled out the possibility of raising the amount.

Prof Magoha also launched the World Bank-funded Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (Seqip) last week, which will fund infrastructure projects in 30 counties at a cost of Sh22.8 billion.

Magoha To Inspect Junior Secondary Classrooms In Private Schools In The Next One Week

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