Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has addressed concerns over the transition of Grade six learners to junior secondary.
While addressing the media on Friday, February 11, in Siaya County, the CS stated that the Junior high schools would be situated in secondary schools. He insisted that there would be no returning back to the 8-4-4 system for the pioneers of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
The pioneer Grade Six CBC students are expected to sit their national examinations in December.
“We are putting the Junior High schools in secondary schools. That is why our target is to build 20,000 classrooms.
“Transition to Grade Seven will happen when I am not there but the order from President Uhuru Kenyatta is that we prepare and leave everything in order. For example, the examination for Grade six in December is ready,” the CS stated.
Magoha further hit out at various education stakeholders that have called for the return to the 8-4-4 system for pioneer CBC class.
“I don’t think anyone will be able to stop this because in two months we shall have the pioneer CBC Grade Six and it would be insane to think that these students would be taken to the old system.
He added that the construction of the first phase of the construction of Junior high schools classes being undertaken in the country was at an advanced state, adding that Ksh3.2 billion had been allocated for the project.
However, he revealed that construction works in the schools would take a break during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examination which is scheduled to begin in March.
“Our original target for the completion of the classrooms was April but we brought it to March. I can categorically say that they will be done before the first week of the examinations in March and we shall have completed 6467 classrooms.
“Don’t forget that there is another year which will allow the government to build another 10,000 classrooms. Students are not going to move to Grade Seven and Eight together,” he stated.
Additionally, he stated that the teachers who had earlier been trained on CBC would oversee learning in the Junior high schools.
“We do not have to retrain new teachers. We can just retrain the ones that are already teachers. That process is ongoing and the government has money to do it.
“The narrative of politicians not being there is a narrative for politicians. Up to now, the government has trained over 230,000 teachers. People argue that the training is not enough. As a professor, I can tell you that no training is ever enough,” Magoha expressed.