The Presidential Working Party on Education Reform presented an interim report to President William Ruto Thursday with a number of recommendations. And following the report, the government directed that Junior secondary schools – Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9 – will be domiciled in the existing primary schools.
The Ministry of Education will provide the necessary guidelines on how this will be done.
It said Grade 6 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will not be used for placement in Junior Secondary Schools.
“Instead, it will be used as an assessment to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention.”
An extra classroom and laboratory will be built in every primary school as part of efforts to address the gaps in accommodation.
The construction of laboratories will be given priority within the next one year.
The president asked Members of Parliament to work towards providing support for the extra facilities.
Primary schools neighbouring secondary schools will share the laboratories and other facilities with junior secondary schools.
The Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the Teachers Service Commission will work on modalities of fast-tracking retooling teachers to ensure the country has sufficient numbers who are compliant with CBC, the government said.
“Priority will be given to those teachers who will be handling Grade 7 learners.”