Teachers Concerned On Underage Students Joining Junior Secondary School.
Concerns have been raised about the young age of students who will begin junior secondary school under the new curriculum in January.
According to the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Associations (KSSHA), schools may receive students as young as 10 years old.
“If you look at the recent Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) report, it was clear that we are having a lot of underage children in our schools,’’ said the chairman, Kahi Indimuli, during the launch of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) training for secondary school teachers at the Kenya Institute of Special Education, Nairobi.
Last year, the number of registered KCPE candidates aged 12 and under increased from 26,378 (2.21%) in 2020 to 33,627. (2.74 per cent).
“This poses a challenge since the training of secondary and primary teachers is a bit different in terms of how to handle learners, and I want to believe that one of component in this CBD training will include management of younger children,’’ said Mr Indimuli.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akello Misori urged TSC and the Ministry of Education to continue developing teacher capacity and building institutions with student-friendly facilities.
‘‘The fears which are being drawn in this regard is how you make a child of 12 years to travel all the way from Mombasa to a junior secondary school in Kisumu, for instance, away from their parents,’’ said Mr Misori.
He stated that despite their age differences, students in junior and senior secondary schools should be taught to coexist well.
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‘‘So long as we have requisite facilities to accommodate them, including boarding facilities, lockers and teachers, there will be no problem,’’ he said.
Unlike the defunct 8-4-4 system, the new 2-6-3-3 system will include junior and senior secondary schools.