Basic Education Principle Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang assured parents that Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers are ready with the required skills to take classes.
Kipsang said that the government is concerned about the inadequate number of teachers and was endeavoring to train more.
“I want to assure all Kenyans that JSS learners are in safe hands in all our institutions as we endeavor to have an adequate number of teachers per school to deliver on the new curriculum,” the PS said.
The PS was speaking at Arap Moi Primary School in Kajiado County, where he witnessed the distribution of Grade 7 textbooks.
He reiterated that all learners who sat for the 2022 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) would transition to JSS.
He added that KPSEA was used to monitor learners’ progress, which has nothing to do with their placement.
Belio further asked schools to allow students without uniform reports.
It is estimated that there will be 30,000 JSS teachers to be spread across 32,000 learning centers across the country.
The junior secondary classes will be based at primary schools and are expected to share facilities like laboratories with the neighboring usual secondary schools.
Despite the gaps, the program has taken off as the last Class Eight exams (KCPE) will be administered at the end of the year for the last time, signaling the phasing out of the 8-4-4 system after about four decades.