Stop Registering Grade 7 Learners For KCPE, Teachers Warned
A section of parents are colluding with teachers to have their children in Grade 7 registered for the KCPE exam so that they don’t go through the CBC curriculum, some officials have claimed.
Learners in Grade 7 are the pioneer students of the Junior Secondary School system introduced by the 6-3-3-4 system of education.
Last year, the government directed that those who sat Grade 6 exams should be enrolled in JSS in their primary schools as part of the transition.
The same primary schools also have the last cohort of the 8-4-4 system who are due to sit their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam at the end of the year.
Should grade 7 learners register for KCPE, they will skip junior secondary and instead revert to the old syllabus by joining the last cohort in Standard 8.
One of the counties where such has been observed is Garissa county, where Garissa Township deputy county commissioner Solomon Chesut warned both parents and teachers against such collusion.
Speaking at Garissa High School on Saturday during the unveiling of the beneficiaries of the Elimu scholarship programme by Equity bank, Chesut said the trend has seen local primary school teachers colliding with parents to move their children from Grade 6 to Standard 8 to evade the Competency-based curriculum
“All those students who did the Grade 6 assessment exams are supposed to be in junior secondary schools. We have noticed that there are parents who are colluding with teachers to admit some of these students to Std 8,” Chesut said.
“We are warning the teachers that you will lose your jobs. You can’t register a student from Grade six to Std 8. We have a list of some notorious schools and we have forwarded their names to the investigative agencies for further action,” he warned.
Chesut warned that none will be spared over unlawful dealings that affect the lives of learners.
The remarks come a day after the regional coordinator for education Yussuf Karayu in a circular to county directors of education warned school heads against unauthorised registration of Grade 7 learners as KCPE candidates.
“This is to inform you that some unprofessional headteachers are receiving on transfer and registering Grade 7 learners as 2023 KCPE candidates without the consent of the Ministry of Education officers at the subcounty, county and regional levels,” the circular reads in part.
“Let it be known that such headteachers will be dealt with firmly and held personally accountable for registering illegitimate KCPE candidates. The ministry has issued all learners, including the Grade 7 pupils with unique personal identification numbers (UPI) and it will be very easy to trace such learners.”