Senior school placement guidelines to be availed by April, Machogu says

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu at a past event.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has disclosed that the selection process of learners to senior schools will be guided by learners’ abilities, interests and career choices.

The CS said that the senior school placement guidelines will be ready by April 2024 and that Boards of Management (BOMs) will be responsible for implementing the CBC curriculum.

“The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is currently finalizing the learning areas for senior schools and will give schools at least two years to familiarize themselves with the guidelines before Grade 10 students are admitted in 2026,” he said.

Machogu said that there will be three pathways in senior schools; Social Sciences, Arts and Sports, and Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Each pathway will offer a unique set of subjects and learning experiences that align with different career paths.

For Junior Secondary School (JSS), Machogu said that the number of lessons has been reduced from 14 to 9 and teachers are expected to implement the rationalized curriculum when schools reopen on January 8.

The Presidential Working Party in Education Reforms (PWPER) recommended reducing the number of subjects at different levels to address overload.

Machogu confirmed that Grades 8 and 9 of junior school will be hosted in existing primary schools, as it was found that the learners would face challenges integrating with much older secondary school students

Additionally, he said that the Ministry will work with the National Government Constituency Development Funds (NGCDF) Committee to ensure 15,021 classrooms for Grade 9 learners are built by 2025.

By Amos Kerich

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