Private Schools Given Two Weeks To Complete Junior Secondary Classrooms.
When the regular academic calendar resumes in January 2023, the government intends to enroll 1.2 million students in junior secondary schools using the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC).
Professor George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, stated that the curriculum, which is learner-focused and collaborative, provides students with better decision-making skills, giving them the best chance in the dynamic competitive job market.
Magoha stated in Mombasa during the 25th Kenya Private Schools Association Conference (KPSA) that private schools will be allowed to have stand-alone junior secondary schools based on their capacity.
He gave the private school two weeks to complete construction before the official inspection visit, noting that those who meet the minimum requirements would be registered.
The CS urged teachers to check to see if their schools were registered in time for the January transition.
At the same time, he asked private-sector teachers not to get involved in efforts to keep as many CBC students as possible in their previous schools.
“The transition will be seamless if we try to retain as many pupils in our previous schools, for example if you have 100 at least try to retain 60.
“It doesn’t matter who will be in government come next year but our children must go to school,” said Magoha.
The CS stated that 6500 units have been built in public schools across the country to help with the transition, while the government is rushing the remaining 14,500 units out of the total 20,000 planned.
The target for phase one was 10,000 units, but only 4,500 remain, with construction set to begin next week.
“We have ensured that there is no leakage of public money meant for the basic education sector.
“That is why we have already constructed 6,497 out of 10,000 targeted for phase one. Next week we are starting on the next phase and we shall deliver,” added Magoha.
He stated that the Ministry of Education is putting plans and procedures in place for the placement of grade seven students and that in the next three weeks they will clear the air on the issue and affirmative action.
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He urged teachers to reject the notion that the ministry only looks after public schools and not private schools, calling it deceptive.
According to Professor Fatuma Chege, Principal Secretary for Curriculum Reform Implementation, the importance of public-private partnership will develop a framework that will be used as a guideline for transitions.
This is in accordance with the government’s code of ethics, which promotes a mutually beneficial and symbiotic relationship between private institutions and the government.
Chege emphasized that the collaboration between government and private institutions has gone a long way toward transforming the education sector, and thus the two players cannot work separately.