Private primary schools have been encouraged to build a junior secondary wing in order to ease the transition of students from primary to junior secondary school next year.
Dr. Julius Jwan, the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, stated that private primary schools that have elected to move on to junior secondary school have until August to prepare in order to admit junior secondary school pupils by January 2023.
The PS said the main idea was to encourage as many private schools as possible that were offering primary education to go ahead and start junior secondary to enable learners to transition smoothly.
He was speaking in Eldoret on Thursday as part of a two-day tour to check on the readiness of private primary schools in terms of junior secondary admission preparedness.
The schools we are keen on are schools that have decided to move into junior secondary.
We are checking if they will be ready latest by August to admit junior secondary learners by January next year,” said the PS.
He added that what the Education Ministry was trying to do was to ensure a smooth transition of learners from primary to junior secondary and because many parents would wish their learners continued in the same schools, especially in day schools.
The ministry is pushing the private sector and those owning private primary schools to ensure they construct wings for Junior Secondary.
The PS further stated that in order to provide Junior Secondary Education, private primary schools must have appropriate space for classroom expansion and construction, as well as a laboratory for fundamental experiments and a playing field for students.
He also urged schools to begin as many topics as possible, such as music, art, and craft, to help students improve their learning abilities.
Greenville Academy, according to Dr. Jwan, is virtually ready because it already has four ready classrooms and one more that will be transformed into a lab.
The building of 25 classrooms at Potters House Academy is slated to be completed in two months, according to the PS, and the school also features two labs for junior secondary students.