Secondary school principals are advocating for the transfer of the first batch of Grade Nine students to secondary schools amid cries over inadequate infrastructure in junior schools.
This comes as the upcoming implementation of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is set to integrate Grade Nine classes with junior secondary (Grade Seven and Eight) levels, currently housed within primary schools.
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But it is the unpreparedness of primary schools proposed for hosting Grade Nine learners, deficiencies in teaching staff, classroom space, and laboratory facilities that is catching the attention of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha).
The association’s national chairman, and chief principal of Muranga High School, Willy Kuria, says there is need to reconsider the introduction of Grade Nine into secondary schools.
“We feel that there is little learning in junior secondary. The introduction of Grade Nine into secondary school should be explored,” Kuria, who assumes the Kessha leadership position succeeding Kahi Indimuli, said during a ceremony held at the Kenya Institute of Special Needs in Nairobi.
His appointment, confirmed by the 63-member National Governing Council, underscores the urgency of addressing educational challenges.
The council warns against school overcrowding across over 23,000 public schools and urges restoration of integrity in national examinations, denouncing rampant malpractices. It also advocates for the discontinuation of linking teacher promotions to exam performance, stressing the Ministry of Education’s obligation to disburse remaining capitation grants promptly.