George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, has given Kakamega schools two days to prepare all of the classrooms that will be used by junior secondary students.
According to the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) educational system, Grade Six students should start junior secondary school in the early part of the following year.
Prof. Magoha pointed out that Kakamega and Bungoma are two of the counties with the largest anticipated enrollment in junior secondary schools and that delaying the construction of the classrooms and other facilities will negatively affect the program.
have been informed that the majority of the Kakamega construction projects are nearly complete, with some at 93%. We had agreed with all the education stakeholders that the job must be finished by today (Saturday), so I want them finished by the end of tomorrow (Sunday), the CS stated.
It is conceivable to finish the structure within that period, he continued. Classrooms are necessary. At the conclusion of the program, 10,000 classrooms are our goal. At the moment, we have 9,600.
According to Magoha, who spoke on Saturday in Kakamega County, Central Kenya is leading in terms of CBC readiness, with schools having finished building additional classrooms and other facilities. North Eastern, Nyanza, Eastern, and Kakamega are the next four regions to be ready.
Following meetings with local education stakeholders, the CS who went to Kakamega School and Mukumu Girls stated that junior secondary education should not be offered at any schools without labs.
He said that because they had already completed the practical tests and evaluations listed by the Kenya National Examination, they were prepared for the program.
Students in grade six receive guidance from their parents and teachers as they select schools. This group of students will take general continuous assessment exams (CAT), and when they are in year nine, they will also receive guidance on their course of study, according to Magoha.
The CS applauded private institutions, the majority of which, he claimed, had complied with government directives in accordance with meeting prerequisite benchmarks for moving on to junior secondary.
“Our collaboration with the private schools organization is going nicely. Most schools, primarily in Nairobi and Mombasa, changed their classrooms into junior secondary schools, if you visit most of them. In terms of having well-equipped classrooms and laboratories, they have followed our instructions, he stated.
Some individuals are in the process of conforming, thus they are not visible in the public portal (of compliant schools). But parents need not worry about it. You can stroll to the closest complying school to enroll your child in the public portal.
Since private schools would enroll between 3,000 and 4,000 of the 20,000 students slated to transfer to junior secondary, he claimed that they are essential to the success of the transition.
An official at the private Kakamega Hill School, Lorna Kimutai, stated that the students there are prepared for the change.