Secondary schools are ‘too strained’ to domicile JSS, association declares

Monday, November 21st, 2022 01:38 | By
Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). PHOTO/Courtesy

Private universities want Junior Secondary as proposed in the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC)2-6-3-3-3 system to be domiciled in primary schools instead of in secondary schools.

The National Association of Private Universities in Kenya (NAPUK) says hosting Junior Secondary in primary schools will give room for primary school teachers who have upgraded to university degree qualifications to adequately support Junior Secondary and be compensated.

Napuk is also worried that a majority of Kenyan schools have no adequate resources in terms of infrastructure to seamlessly implement the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

In a memoranda submitted to the 49-member Presidential Working Party on Education Reform on November 11 at Chania High School in Thika town, NAPUK said secondary schools are already too strained to accommodate pupils transiting from primary schools due to governments 100 per cent transition policy that started four years ago.

NAPUK recommends that Junior Secondary be domiciled in primary schools instead of secondary schools, since the exiting Standard Eight pupils (the 8-4-4 curriculum continuing students) will leave behind infrastructure that can adequately host Junior Secondary students. The memorandum is signed by Dr Vincent Gaitho, NAPUK’s Secretary General, who is also Mount Kenya University Pro-Chancellor Tertiary/University education.

Measure of transition

The association wants the Ministry of Education to implement policies that will change parents and students’ mind-set that geographical mobility is not the perfect measure of transition from one schooling level to another. “Embracing e-learning will make Kenyans appreciate that time and space are inconsequential when it comes to acquiring an education,” said the memo in part.

NAPUK says there are several benefits of hosting Junior Secondary in primary schools. Primary school teachers who have upgraded to university degree qualifications can adequately support Junior Secondary in their current primary stations while university graduate teachers in primary schools can be promoted and adequately compensated to engage in supporting Junior Secondary classes.

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