Junior Secondary Schools to have new principals. According to new draft guidelines provided by the government, as schools reopen in two weeks, parents will be obliged to purchase new sets of uniforms for their children entering junior secondary.
At least 1.2 million students are scheduled to begin junior high school. Junior secondary schools will also have independent boards of management that will oversee the operation of the institutions as well as the financial management. During the transition period, however, primary school principals will act as junior secondary school principals.
Junior Secondary Schools to have new principals
The specifics are included in the draft Junior Secondary Transition Guidelines. According to the Sunday Standard, the government is determined to guarantee that, even though junior high and secondary schools will be housed in primary schools, the two levels of study remain distinct.
It is a delicate balance because parents will buy uniforms. But at the same time no child miss admission to Junior secondary school because of uniform due to the 100 per cent transition policy,” a senior government official said.
Primary head teachers will function as junior secondary school principals until the end of the school year. The head teachers will also function as the secretary of the junior secondary boards of management and be in charge of the high school wing’s financial management.
Students in junior secondary school will also receive government capitation per child, as is now done for students in other high schools. The junior secondary school board will be distinct from the primary school board. These details have 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.
A lot of attention has been paid to the preparedness of laboratories for use by junior secondary pupils. President Ruto announced last week that while development plans are finalized, some of these facilities may be shared with adjacent schools.
The draft rules’ finer details, on the other hand, 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). To draft the guidelines, Mr. Machogu formed a multi-agency committee.