Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9 (Junior Secondary schools) will now be domiciled in primary schools with the Ministry of Education expected to provide directions on how it will be done. This is after President William Ruto received an interim report from the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) Grade 6 exam will not be used in placement into junior secondary schools. KPSEA, will be used as an assessment to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention.
Ruto directed that an extra classroom and laboratory be constructed in every primary, with laboratory construction being given priority in the next one year.
“Members of Parliament are asked to work towards providing support for the extra facilities. Meanwhile, primary schools neighboring secondary schools will share the laboratories and other facilities with junior secondary schools,” said further Hussein Mohamed statehouse spokesperson in a statement.
Further, the Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, and Teachers Service Commission were mandated to work on modalities to ensure fast-tracking retooling of teachers to ensure the country has sufficient numbers who are compliant with CBC.
The decision comes a day after Grade 6 learners completed their KPSEA exams.
By Ivy Musavi