First cohort of Junior Secondary Learners Will Study in Day Schools

By Lydia Gichuki

Deputy Director for Secondary Education Lawrence Karundini yesterday said the first cohort of junior secondary learners will study in day schools and not boarding.

This he said during a webinar dubbed Sema na spox which is the third national update on CBC.

He continued to say the Junior High Schools will be habituated in the existing secondary schools and not primary schools.

Learners will be placed in nearby day secondary schools and this was informed by the fact that the learners will be pretty young to be sent far away from home.

Learner’s placement will be determined by the learner’s performance in various level, parents’ ability to send them to far away schools and the learner’s choice.

Over 1.5 million learners are expected to sit Kenya Primary School Education Assessment in November this year.

In 2023, the country will experience double intake in secondary schools for current grade six and class eight learners who will be joining grade 7 and form one respectively. This, will create great pressure on the already existing infrastructure.

To avert this, Mr. Karundini said the government is in the process of completing the first phase of the construction of CBC classrooms where over 5,000 have been commission and all 6,497 classrooms are expected to be completed by the end of this month. 

In the next financial year, the government will embark to complete another 3,500 classrooms to make them 10,000 classrooms in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta directive.

In two years the government is aiming at completing over 20,000 classrooms to accommodate more students as the country will also experience double secondary school intake next year for current grade 5 and class seven learners

To ensure it success, over 60,000 teachers from public and private secondary schools currently are undergoing training ahead of current Grade 6 students transitioning to Junior High in January 2023.

However, continuous training will also take place for primary school teacher implementing CBC.

As of now Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has trained over 229,000 teachers across the country to help in the implementation of CBC.

Kenya National Examination Council representative, Anne Ngatia said the government has departed from the previous exam regime of administering national exams and has adopted formative assessment.

With this, the council will give performance feedback at many intervals during the cause of learning. This aim to help teachers nurture students’ abilities as learning is continuing.

On its part, Kenya Institute of Curriculum development has developed curriculum up to and including grade nine. Grade seven curriculum is already uploaded on the organization website and will be rolled out in secondary school next year.

Photo credit; OZONE

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