It may not be necessary for parents of Grade 6 pupils attending private schools to choose different junior high schools.
Many private schools have made the decision to keep Grade 6 students in the same program for Grade 7.
George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, issued this as his initial order in March.
Magoha asked the school administration to keep students in the classes at the Moi Education Center when he was commissioning the Competency Based Curriculum.
He urged private schools to send Grade 6 students on to junior secondary in their own discretion.
Principal of the Moi Education Center Eunice Muthusi stated they would keep students and have more room for newcomers.
“We are advancing to Grade 7 along with the students. We have 12 laboratories and nine classrooms.
With the students, we are advancing to Grade 7. For the same, we have nine classrooms and twelve laboratories,” Muthusi told the newsdesk education reporters
The newsdesk conducted a spot check and discovered that the majority of private schools have chosen retention.
August 15 marked the opening of the junior secondary selection portal, which will close on August 30.
On Monday, the day before the deadline, a school in the Machakos county called parents of Grade 6 students to a meeting.
According to a parent from the school, “The school wants us to have our children advance to Grade 7 at the same school that’s why they want a meeting.”
Another school in Nairobi County intends to meet with parents to discuss tuition.
Another parent added, “I don’t want my daughter to change the atmosphere because she is still young and is accustomed to attending that school.
The Basic Education Curriculum Framework estimates that students in Grade 7 are between the ages of 11 and 12.
Magoha recommended parents to choose schools that were close to their homes so that students could attend school during the day.
The county with the most authorized private schools is Nairobi, according to a list provided to school administrators.
Kiambu county comes in second with 114 schools, trailing Nairobi county’s 142 schools.
Each school’s number of classes, classroom capacity, and enrollment are listed along with them.
For kids attending private schools, Nairobi county has 60,359 spots available, followed by Kiambu with 22,665 spots.
Fewer than ten schools have been allowed in a number of counties, increasing the number of kids attending public schools in the chosen counties.
While Narok and Kericho counties have two recognized schools, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, and Samburu counties only have one school.
According to the departing CS, a school needs both storage cabinets and a science lab in order to serve junior secondary.
Baringo (8), Bomet (4), Bungoma (19), Busia (13), Embu (8), Isiolo (4), Kakamega (13), Kisii (4), Kwale (15), Laikipia (8), and Kwale are counties with between three and twenty schools (15).
Other cities include Lamu (four), Mandera (six), Marsabit (four), Migori (four), Muranga (15), Nandi (five), Nyamira (15), Nyandaruam (15), Nyeri (13), Siaya (18), Taita Taveta (eight), Tharaka Nithi (12), Trans Nzoia (six), and Vihiga.