Junior Secondary placement formula still a work in progress for the Ministry

In about five months, Grade Six learners will be sitting for their assessment exams and it is still not clear how the learners will be placed in junior secondary schools.

Education CS George Magoha said the ministry is still working on the logistics which will soon be communicated to both the students and teachers.

Starting November 28th, Close to 1.24 million learners will be sitting for Kenya Primary School Education Assessment.

The CS was speaking at Mwiki Secondary School where he launched a CBC classroom on Monday.

“There’s one thing I keep saying, the process of how children are going to apply for junior secondary is still being worked on,” Magoha said.

Unlike the former KCPE candidates who he said did not receive guidance on Form One selection, the CS said it will be different for Grade 6 learners.

“To this effect, we shall make sure children are advised on how to apply for the schools and where to go,” he reiterated.

Magoha added that CBC also seeks to eliminate competition witnessed during secondary school selection.

“The typical relentless competition will have to wait until year 9, which is senior school,” he added.

The CS said that the second phase of the construction of CBC classrooms will be launched before the end of this week.

“In the second phase, we will have another 3,500 classrooms constructed before I leave,” he said. “The first phase is 98% complete. These included 6,497 classrooms constructed countrywide.” He said

He also clarified that private schools are planning to construct 5,000 classrooms to host junior secondary learners.

Even though the CS dismissed the claims that junior secondary will do away with boarding, all indications are clear.

This is because, in the new curriculum, the ranking of schools might be non-existent.

A timetable released by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) indicates candidates will be assessed in five papers for three days until November 30, 2022.

Rehearsals will be conducted on November 25.

Mathematics and English will be tackled on the first day followed by Integrated Science (Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science and Physical and Health Education) and Kiswahili on the second day.

Candidates will be assessed in Art and Craft, Music and Religious Education on the third and final day, in the Creative Art and Social Studies subject.

The KPSEA will account for only 40 per cent of the final score different from KCPE exams where candidates are rated out of 100 percent

The 60 per cent will come from the classroom-based continuous assessment tests conducted in Grades 4,5 and 6.

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