Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has stated that institutions seeking to offer junior secondary school must have science laboratories prior to being cleared by the government.
Speaking on September 3 in Kericho County, Magoha said that the new requirement targets private schools because the majority of public schools already meet this requirement.
He continued by saying that the ministry had already had talks with private school owners about the issue, and they had agreed to comply with the rule by January 2023.
Magoha made his statement a few days after the ministry added ten days to the deadline for Grade Six students to choose their junior secondary schools.
After taking national exams in November 2022, the first cohort of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) students will begin junior secondary school in January.
In response to concerns about changing the school calendar due to a possible re-election, Magoha asserted that learners would not be affected regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Exams would be given as early as scheduled because teachers were working harder to finish the syllabus on time.
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) are set to begin in November and run through December 2022.
Magoha had earlier stated that in the case of a rerun, students would continue to attend classes.
“The students can be asked to play games and stay in their hostels while other Kenyans exercise their democratic right in the other part of the school,” he stated then.