Government Turns To Private Schools for Junior Secondary Schools Hosting


The Ministry of Education is now asking private primary schools across the country to consider investing in setting up junior secondary schools.

This, State Department for Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Julius Jwan notes will help complement ongoing efforts by the government to establish similar facilities in public schools.

The government is currently preparing for the admission of the first batch of junior secondary school students under the new education system – The competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

We are encouraging private schools to get ready to admit junior secondary learners next year by building classrooms and laboratories as the students will be having basic experiments,” Dr. Jwan said.

He spoke in Eldoret town on Thursday, June 9, 2022, during the assessment of some of the private schools that have started constructing junior secondary school classrooms.

The PS said for a private school to be allowed to host a junior secondary school, it will be required to have classrooms with a capacity of holding 40 to 50 students, a laboratory for experiments, a spacious playfield, and the basic requirements for a school.

We also allow private schools who wish to build 30 or small capacitor rooms for their students,” Dr. Jwan said.

Dr. Julius Jwan (second left), Moi Girls High School Eldoret Principal Juliana Kirui (center), and other officers during an inspection of a Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) classroom at the school on June 09, 2022. Photo/Nation

He noted that they expect schools to be ready to host junior secondary school students by August 2022.

The first batch of students will be joining the new level of their education beginning in January 2023.

During the assessment, the PS visited Potter’s House Academy and Greenvale – two of the private schools that have started constructing classrooms that will be hosting the junior secondary school pupils, replacing the current classes six, seven, and eight.

What we have in mind practically as a ministry, is to ensure all private primary schools who only offer primary education go ahead and construct junior secondary so that learners don’t have to look for other schools but proceed to junior secondary in the same school,” the PS said.

Dr. Julius Jwan, the Principal Secretary of State Department for Early Learning and Basic Education at a past event.

Odogo Boniface, a teacher in charge of primary education at Potters House academy said the school will be able to accommodate at least three streams and up to 120 junior secondary school students per room.

They also have two laboratories to accommodate junior secondary schools’ practical classes.

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