Confusion as MOE Departments Disagree Over mapping of primary schools to host Junior Secondary
There is Confusion concerning the learners’ transition from primary to secondary schools as senior officials from the Ministry of Education issue conflicting statements.
The permanent secretary in the State Department of Basic Education, Dr. Jwan Julius has issued a directive to County Directors of Education (CDEs) to map out primary schools with spaces to host Junior Secondary learners.
In a circular to CDEs, Jwan suggests that some primary schools’ infrastructure will be used by Junior Secondary learners.
“In preparation for the roll-out of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) to junior Secondary, the ministry requested the CDEs to provide a list of the public primary schools which would be used as Junior secondary schools,” reads the circular.
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The circular signed by Moses Karati, on behalf of PS Jwan, asks the CDEs to draw a compressive list of the schools with available spaces to be used to anchor Junior Secondary learners.
“The purpose of this letter is, therefore, to request you to urgently indicate the available classrooms for use by Junior Secondary against each school,” reads the circular.
The circular dated November 22 a statement issued later by the Principal Secretary for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms, Prof Fatuma Chege that primary schools will not host Junior Secondary students.
“No secondary school will be in a primary school,” said PS Chege on November 24, barely two days after the circular was released.
Chege spoke on the sidelines of a conference jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE).
The statement by PS Chege is similar to the findings of the CBC task force report that said Junior Secondary learners would be domiciled in secondary schools.
PS Chege said that the two extra classrooms that would be left in primary schools’ as Grade Six learners transition to Junior secondary will be used for ECDE classes.
The circular by Jwan, however, sets in motion the mapping of primary schools that would be used to host Junior Secondary.
The circular wants detail of the school, available classrooms for use by the secondary, the County and Sub County where the institution is located.
Attached to it is a list of 14 counties that have already identified some 1, 652 primary schools that would host Junior Secondary students.
Baringo, Bomet, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kajiado, Kericho, Laikipa, Nakuru, Nandi, Narok and Samburu are listed as having primary schools with excess spaces that can host Junior secondary school learners.
Other counties are Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Turkana and West Pokot.
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