MOE to Asses Primary Schools Ahead of Grade 7 Admission

The Ministry of Education will from January 9 conduct a countrywide assessment to establish readiness in admitting Grade 7 learners.

The assessment will be conducted in all public and private primary schools through to January 20.

Basic Education Principal secretary Belio Kipsang has said the main agenda for the assessment is to ensure 100 per cent transition of Grade 6 learners to Grade 7, in the existing primary schools.

“We ask all parties involved to train the school management on the ministry’s guideline on the set up of junior secondary schools in Kenya,” he said.

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Through a statement, Kipsang asked stakeholders in the ministry to ensure all public and private primary schools are assessed as per the guidelines.

“Ensure institutions have met the threshold of 60 per cent and above of the requirements duly registered,” he added.

On December 1, 2022, the CBC task force recommended that junior secondary learners be domiciled in existing primary schools.

The report submitted to the President directed that the ministry should add additional classrooms and a laboratory.

“The construction of laboratories will be given priority within the next one year. Members of Parliament are asked to work towards providing support for the extra facilities,” the report reads.

The team led by chairman Raphael Munavu also recommended that the summative assessment should not be used to place learners in JSS.

“Instead, it will be used as an assessment to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention,” the report reads.

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