Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) will be hosted in 2,300 public primary schools starting January next year.
This comes as the government continues its last-minute rush to ensure that enough classrooms are available to serve Grade Seven learners.
Prof. George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, stated on Wednesday that the primary schools chosen are those that are located on the same compound with secondary schools.
“We have said as a government, when a high school and a primary school are within the same compound, we shall also use the physical resources that are there,” he said.
According to CS Magoha, there are 5,000 accessible classrooms in the 2,300 primary schools across the nation, which will be used to host the Junior Secondary school
The CS spoke at Pumwani Boys High School in Nairobi, where he oversaw the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms.
The CS said the government is also closely working with private schools to ensure that they will also accommodate some Junior secondary school students.
The government is expecting private schools to construct over 5,000 classrooms for JSS.
Prof Magoha said the guidelines for placement of students from primary to junior secondary schools will be released in two weeks’ time.
“We shall tell you precisely what we are going to do with our children, but in general terms, for those parents who are so worried about their kids, like the ones in the private sector, there is no harm with those children staying there for an extra one year so that they start moving out in year nine,” he said.