Schools that lack enrolment or infrastructural capacity to domicile Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) will have the option to transfer the learners to neighbouring JSS.
Guidelines for implementation of JSS issued in January 2023 by the Ministry of education indicate primary schools in high-density areas and urban informal settlements with an enrollment of fewer than 45 learners transitioning will act as feeders, sending students to neighbouring JSS.
The new guidelines say the JSS that will domicile transferred learners should be within two kilometres of proximity.
“In high-density areas and urban informal settlements Primary Schools with an enrolment of fewer than 45 learners in the transitioning class or those lacking the basic facilities to domicile a JSS will serve as Feeder Schools to other JSSs within a two (2) kilometre proximity,” the report reads.
The government will be expected to prioritize the implementation of affirmative actions in insecurity-prone, geographically expansive and low-density areas through the ministry.
“In geographically expansive, low density, and insecurity prone areas, as well as for learners with special needs and disability, the government through the MoE will implement affirmative action (as priority), regardless of the enrolments in transitioning class” the report further reads.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu set January 30, 2023, as the opening date for JSS.
“Government will spend Sh9.6 Billion for the learners in Junior Secondary Schools this calendar year,” he said.