CBC Learners to Learn in Common Schools

The government is planning to establish composite schools that will bring learners from all the four CBC levels under one complex.

To be known as the Comprehensive Schools, learners in Pre-primary, Primary, Junior Secondary Schools and Senior Secondary schools will have a single manager.

According to the Ministry of Education, the comprehensive school will implement a broad curriculum that allows for optimal utilisation of resources across the levels.

“Each level will offer age-appropriate content and grading for the learners, based on the curriculum prescribed,” the ministry says in new guidelines.

The comprehensive school shall be managed by a common Board of Management (for public schools); BoM, Board of Directors or Board of Trustees, in case of private schools.

“The school shall be administered by one principal (or director for private schools) who will be assisted by deputies at the different levels,” the ministry says.

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“The school’s name shall reflect the four levels (pre-primary, primary, JSS and SSS. However, the bank account names shall be specific to the school levels.”

The school’s leadership shall develop a common five-year strategic plan whose implementation will be monitored by the education and quality assurance officers.

“In the case of sponsorship, the sponsor of the primary school in which the JSS is domiciled shall automatically assume the role of the sponsor for the respective JSS,” the guidelines read in part.

The JSS learners will be taught 12 core subjects and one or two optional subjects.

The core subjects are English, Kiswahili or KSL, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Health Education, Pre-technical and Pre-career education, Social Studies, Religious Education (CRE, IRE or HRE), Business Studies, Agriculture, Life skills, Sports and Physical Education.

Other subjects include Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Home Science, Computer Science, Foreign Languages (German, French or Mandarin) Arabic, Kenyan Sign Language and Indigenous Language.

Learners at the Pre-Vocational level will be assessed in 9 subjects; Communication, Social and Literacy Skills; Daily Living Skills; Mathematics Activities; Music and Movement; Religious Education and Christian Religious Education.

Others are Hindu Religious Education; Islamic Religious Education; Physical and Health Education; Hygiene, Nutrition and Safety; Environmental Activities, and Social Studies.

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