Boarding schools abolishment plan gains Momentum in the new push
Principals for secondary schools have resurrected a new compaign to abolish boarding schools with a major aim in achieving order to solve indiscipline and congestion in schools ahead of the January junior high changeover.
As pet to the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kesha), investing in day schools will allow parents to be actively involved in their children’s education,and this also goes hand in hand with the competencies-based curriculum’s objectives.
Therefore this means that students will attend their local schools rather than competing for limited spots at national and extra-county residential secondary schools.
According to the Kesha chairman Indimuli Kahi who attended the World Teachers’ Day celebrations ,he indicated that “Rethinking boarding secondary schools is something that should be brought for discussion in Parliament and a direction given on the way forward”
The first batch of CBC students will enter Junior Secondary schools in January, with parents already indicating a preference for top-performing schools, the bulk of which are residential schools, mirroring the trend during Form One selection.
The Elementary education is separated into two years of pre-primary and six years of primary school under CBC.
Junior secondary schools will be located in existing secondary schools rather than primary schools and will serve students in grades seven through nine.
In Last year, head teachers lobbied the Ministry of Education to abolish boarding schools in order to reduce growing occurrences of dissatisfaction in the institutions.