Prof. George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, has clarified the admission of Grade 7 students to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
JSS will be available at both boarding and day secondary schools throughout the country, according to Magoha.
“All the existing boarding and day secondary schools, will admit learners transiting from Grade Six to Grade Seven under CBC, based on guidelines to be provided by the ministry,” said the CS in a statement.
He also stated that the ministry has designated 1,500 primary schools that will serve as junior secondary schools, ensuring that they have suitable learning and teaching facilities as well as land for expansion.
“In the future, several of these schools will be expanded to include a full secondary wing.” “The government wishes to reassure all Kenyans, particularly learners, parents, and teachers, that CBC implementation is on track, and that procedures and structures for the transition from primary to junior secondary school are in place,” the CS stated.
At the same time, the CS stated that the government has consulted and encouraged private schools, particularly those in urban areas, to establish stand-alone JSSs to help students transition from primary to secondary school.
The Taskforce on CBC Implementation, which handed over its report to President Uhuru Kenyatta in February last year, made recommendations for CBC implementation and transition from primary to junior secondary and then to Senior Secondary School (SSS).
Magoha stated that the government is working to facilitate a smooth transition, noting that 10,000 classrooms for CBC are being built across the country.
The CS stated that secondary school teachers have been trained to better handle learners as the government prepares for the transition to JSS.