School principals are pressing the government to ensure that teachers recruited in the ongoing recruitment process are distributed equitably among schools.
The school principals claim that the majority of schools would see an increase in Form 1 enrollment as a result of the extra classrooms set aside for the junior secondary wing.
According to Kahi Indimuli, chair of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, schools were limited by infrastructure during admission, but with more classrooms available, public secondary schools expect to see an increase in admission requests.
‘‘Schools will experience strain on teachers to manage the high enrolment come next year mostly in Form One. The government needs to work on how this will be managed,’’ Indimuli said.
President William Ruto said that students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 will remain in their present primary schools, reversing an earlier decision to send them to high schools and sending education stakeholders back to the drawing board after a year of constructing classrooms in secondary schools.
Indimuli believes that, given the government’s shift away from JSS in primary schools, as recommended by the Presidential Working Party, the extra classes in secondary schools will almost surely draw more candidates.
‘Many schools had prepared to welcome the Grade 7 in January but since they will remain in primary schools, the classrooms will be for Form One learners,’’ he added.