School Fees Hasn’t Changed, Machogu Clarifies Fee Increment

Junior Secondary Schools and Primary Schools to Have Separate Bank Accounts

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has issued Junior Secondary Education (JSE) guidelines although the students are yet to commence classes, three days after admission.

As per the guidelines, Primary Schools and Junior Secondary Schools shall have separate Bank accounts for the purpose of school fees payment.

The guidelines on fee payment follows earlier speculations that primary school heads will not manage junior secondary school funds.

Capitation for Junior Secondary School (JSS) will be managed by special sub-committees operating under the guidance of the respective primary schools’ Board of Management.

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“The guidelines to be used to operationalise Junior Secondary School have already been developed and publicised. The primary schools’ Board of Management will now be required to form a JSS sub-committee which will deal with the management of Junior Secondary School. But with time, the ministry will give guidelines on what will happen in future,”

In a statement, Machogu said the guidelines will provide information that is necessary for the effective implementation of JSS across the country.

“This guideline will serve as a reference document for field officers and school managers in the successful implementation of JSS as a distinct level of education in Kenya,” he said.

The guideline also outlines how school managers and officials will facilitate a seamless transition from Primary School (Grade 6) to JSS

“It also emphasises the need for provision of adequate, appropriate, and safe physical infrastructure and learner friendly environment for all including those with disabilities,” the statement read.

The CS also said, after the JSS, a learner is expected to communicate effectively, verbally and non-verbally, in diverse contexts, and demonstrate social skills, spiritual and moral values for peaceful co-existence.

“We expect them to explore, manipulate, manage and conserve the environment effectively for learning and sustainable development, practise relevant hygiene, sanitation and nutrition skills to promote health,” he said.

“Demonstrate ethical behaviour and exhibit good citizenship as a civic responsibility and apply digital literacy skills for communication and learning.”

This is the first cohort of JSS to be integrated into the Competency-Based Curriculum following its implementation in 2017.

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