Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu while releasing the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE) ON Friday, January 20 announced guidelines approved by the government for the rollout of Junior Secondary School education across the country.
Moreover, grade 7 learners expected to join Junior Secondary Schools are to report to their respective schools on Monday, January 30th, 2023.
The Education CS stated that all school heads and the Boards of Management (BoM) are expected to follow the direction pending a full report by the Presidential Working party, which is expected in March 2023.
The guidelines for Junior Secondary Schools are as follows:
- The Board of Management (BoM) of a primary school that domiciles the Junior Secondary School constitutes a special Sub-Committee to spearhead the management of education and resources of the school. According to CS Machogu, the Head of the primary school that domiciles the Junior Secondary School would be the Secretary while a member of the Committee would serve as the chairperson.
- All private Junior Secondary Schools establish and operationalize Boards of Management, Boards of Directors or Boards of Trustees, in accordance with Section 52 (a) of the Basic Education Act (2013).
- A public Junior Secondary School to be headed by the head teachers of the public primary school that domiciles it during the interim period of the transition ending December 30, 2023.
- Registration of learners in the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) to form the basis for the disbursement of funds to public Junior Secondary Schools.
- Textbooks and hard copies of the Grade 7 Curriculum Designs to be made available for all schools in the first week after reporting.
- Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to provide guidelines on the conduct of assessments at Junior Secondary Schools.
- The infrastructure and resources of existing primary schools to be utilized by the respective domiciled Junior Secondary School in the interim one year of transition. The CS noted that this will also apply to Special Needs Junior Secondary Schools.
- The new curriculum developed by the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) to apply during the induction of the school heads on institutional and instructional leadership.
In addition, CS Machogu announced that the government seeks to spend Ksh.9.6 billion on capitation grants for the pilot class, an amount which would be increased to Ksh. 18 billion the next year.
“The Government will spend Ksh.9.6 billion on capitation grants to learners of Junior Secondary Schools for Term One and Term Two of 2023, with each of them receiving an individual capitation of Ksh. 15,000 per year,’ he said.
“In the next fiscal year, the Government will spend Ksh.18 billion for the Junior Secondary School learners’ capitation grants. Further, to this, out of Ksh. 15,000 that will be released for each learner, Ksh. 4,000 will be spent on the development of infrastructure with the greatest priority being on laboratories.” CS Machogu added.