In order to prepare for the rollout of CBC to Junior Secondary, the Ministry requested that the CDEs provide a list of Public Primary Schools that would be used as Junior Secondary. It is greatly appreciated because all CDEs responded.
However, it has become necessary to indicate the number of available Junior Secondary classrooms in each primary school.
The National Treasury released an initial Sh 4 billion to the Ministry of Education earlier this month to begin the first phase of the CBC school infrastructure development program.
A total of Sh 1.2 billion from the Ministry of Education’s infrastructure fund will be used to build 6,500 classrooms in 6,371 secondary schools.
Professor Fatuma Chege, the Principal Secretary for the State Department for Curriculum Reform Implementation, the schools will also be housed in secondary schools.
Prof. Chege made these remarks in response to the uncertainty surrounding the placement of Grades 7, 8, and 9 students next year, as well as the school’s management.
The uproar erupted after Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan stated that junior secondary classes would be housed in both secondary and primary schools.
Juan also stated that the current classes used by classes 7 and 8 will be used to house Grades 7, 8, and 9 the following year. Junior secondary schools, which will begin in 2023, will have their principal, deputy principal, and senior teachers.
“Classrooms used by pupils of class seven and eight will remain vacant due to the introduction of the CBC. But the classrooms will not go to waste because they are public resources. Instead, they will be
used by students of Junior secondary schools,” Jwan said.
Prof. Chege, on the other hand, clarified that if a Junior Secondary School class is accommodated in surplus classrooms in a primary school for any reason, that is merely accommodation; they do not belong to the primary school; they are domiciled in the secondary sub-sector.
She stated that the section will thus have its own Board, and that if the government wishes to establish a Junior Secondary School using the existing infrastructure in a primary school, then that primary school will have a Junior Secondary School.
“Junior secondary school will be domiciled in secondary schools. There should be no confusion between domiciling, hosting or accommodating. If you are accommodated or hosted, you are a guest, but when you are domiciled, then you belong there legally,” said PS Fatuma Chege.
Prof. Chege, who sought to clarify the ongoing debate over the placement of the first batch of Grade Six candidates under the 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum to Junior Secondary Schools, emphasized that while there are primary schools that will host Junior Secondary Schools, the management and administration in such cases will be independent of the primary school.
The PS was speaking at Othaya’s St. Maria Goretti Ruruguti Secondary School in Nyeri County. She oversaw the construction of the first complete classroom as part of the Competence-Based Curriculum project.
George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, has already announced a new 10-month training program for teachers who will be in charge of the upcoming Grade 7.
Magoha stated on Sunday, February 14, at Kapsabet Girls High School in Nandi County, that the 10-month training will take place between the months of February and December.
The training is aimed at 60,000 teachers in total. over 120,000 primary school teachers have already been trained to handle Grade 6. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) announced last year that it will train 60,000 secondary school teachers to handle junior secondary in April 2022.
Education PS Clears Air On CBC’s Junior Secondary School Hosting
The Commission also stated that it will hire more teachers to manage junior secondary schools with the Sh15 billion additional budget it received for the fiscal year 2022–2023.
TSC has planned to use its increased allocation, according to a report presented to the National Assembly’s Committee on Education and Research by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Sh15 billion will be spent to hire 13,000 secondary school teachers and 9,000 interns to deal with exits and the expected increase in enrolment when the junior secondary is implemented in January 2023.
According to Magoha, three national examinations for Grade 6, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) are ready for administration.
“Government is continuous and if I am not there, whoever will come to take over will find everything ready and our children will be safe. We are leaving everything in good state as far as our children welfare is concerned,” he said.
Magoha also stated that all CBC classrooms will be completed by the end of January 2023. The Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) will be extended to junior secondary schools in 2023. Grades 7, 8, and 9 will make up the junior secondary school.
Pioneer students in the new 2-6-3-3-3 CBC system will graduate to junior secondary school in 2023 after passing the Grade Six national examinations.
However, CBC students may face major setbacks after public universities revealed that they are not prepared to accept them.
Prof James Kiama, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, stated on NTV Tuesday night, February 16, that the first batch of CBC students will bear the brunt of their lack of preparation when they begin university.
He believes that while introducing CBC is a good idea and a less expensive system for students, preparing universities in the country to accept the students is a major challenge.
Kiama explained that, using the 8-4-4 system as an example, CBC learners will face setbacks in their curriculum at the university level unless the government works with institutions of higher learning to prepare early.
“It will be a little cheaper for students because the number of years has been reduced. We have to now look at the curriculum we are used to teaching for four years and five years, we have to cut down on that.
“They are coming in 2029, we have seven years to prepare but given the experience we had with the 8-4-4, we might have a little problem. The university community needs to start thinking about this.”
His sentiments were echoed by Medina Halako, who explained that the pandemic and other factors had had a significant impact on the education sector.
She stated that these factors had disrupted CBC and that the 7-year time frame was insufficient to plan for the learners’ arrival.
“At the moment, Universities don’t have a structure to receive the CBC lot when the time comes. We have 7 years to prepare,” Halako explained.
She did, however, express her support for the CBC education system, stating that it was extremely beneficial to students from underserved communities.
“CBC came at the right time because we needed to tap talent from our children. It presented an opportunity for kids from marginalised communities learning under trees,” she stated.