According to a new government regulation, students who are transitioning to junior secondary school (JSS) may wear the uniforms from their previous schools.
On Tuesday, February 28, at State House Nairobi, under the direction of President William Ruto, they reached this consensus.
No pupil should be expelled for not having new school attire, according to the Cabinet Secretaries.
“Cabinet considered the progress being made in the implementation of the transition to Junior Secondary School, which is part of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
“The Cabinet directed to foster equal opportunity for all our nation’s children, even where the transition to Junior Secondary School may warrant a change of uniform, no student should be turned away from school for lack of school uniform so long as they are kitted in their primary school uniforms,” part of the statement reads.
Late last year, the Sub-County Director of Education and the relevant stakeholders gave the JSS leadership the go-ahead to decide on the uniforms for their respective schools (SCDE).
Further distinctive aspects for branding and institution identification would be added to the clothing.
The religious and cultural values of the various groups should also be respected by the JSS uniforms.
The Ministry of Education additionally stipulated that parents must buy uniforms and that no school shall provide parents with advice on where to do so.
Yet, the statement recommended that JSS not prevent students from progressing to the next level because they couldn’t afford school uniforms.