New Junior Secondary Schools to Have New Uniforms, have Separate BOMs & Acting Principals this January
Going by the new draft on the guidelines provided by the government , now as schools reopen in two weeks time , most parents will need to carry another responsibility to purchase new sets of uniforms for their children joining junior secondary.
As schools reopen in this term, at least a total of 1.2 million students are scheduled to begin junior high school.
The new Junior secondary schools are expected to have an independent boards of management that will oversee the operation of the institutions as well as the financial management.
As the transition period kicks off, primary school principals will act as junior secondary school principals.
Under the specifications included in the draft Junior Secondary Transition Guidelines.
The updates on the Sunday Standard indicate that the government is determined to guarantee that though junior high and secondary schools will be housed in primary schools but the two levels of study remain distinct.
It has been noted that that it is indeed a delicate balance because parents will buy uniforms n at the same time no child miss admission to Junior secondary school as a result of lacking uniform due to the 100 per cent transition policy.
The current Primary head teachers will function as junior secondary school principals until the end of the school year.
These heads are also expected to act as the secretary of the junior secondary boards of management and be in charge of the high school wing’s financial management.
The learners in junior secondary school will also receive government capitation per child the same way it is done for students in other high schools.
The then junior secondary school board will be distinct from the primary school board.
The above details emerged as parents and teachers become more anxious about the passage of grade six pupils to junior secondary school just two weeks before schools resume on January 23.
Much attention has been paid to the preparedness of laboratories for use by junior secondary pupils.
His Excellency President Ruto announced last week that while development plans are finalized note that some of these facilities may be shared with adjacent schools.
Draft guidelines were unveiled at a stakeholders meeting on January 4 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, presided over by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu (KICD).
Machogu formed a multi-agency committee that will look into this