Visiting Nyeri County, Prof Magoha said that well-established schools will have three avenues while day schools and other small boarding schools will have two.
This means that all 103 national schools and additional county schools will offer all three pathways while smaller institutions will have two.
With regard to construction of more classrooms to accommodate junior secondary students, Prof Magoha said that some classes have been completed while others are at the roof level.
The government plans to build 10,000 new classrooms, with 5,000 to be completed by April in the first phase of the project.
The CS hit out at some contractors, who said they had delayed the completion of classes. He warned that “lazy and incompetent” contractors would not be tolerated.
Speaking at the Mutira Girls Secondary School in Kirinyaga County, Prof Magoha called on county commissioners and county directors of education to terminate tenders for such contractors immediately.
In Nyeri, the CS said, 31 classrooms are being built. Prof Magoha lamented that students are setting educational institutions on fire over petty issues, which has led to massive destruction of property.
He urged them to leave the school calmly if they felt bad instead of focusing on classwork and destroying facilities.
While secondary school teachers will be trained on CBC implementation in March, educational institutions are still grappling with acute shortages.
According to TSC data, there is a total shortage of 114,581 teachers across the country. There is a requirement of 64,737 teachers in secondary schools while there is a shortage of 49,653 teachers in primary schools. It is still unclear what criteria will be used to place students in junior secondary schools, as some have better facilities than others.
The secondary school is divided into two levels; Junior and Senior. The Junior Secondary will have grades seven, eight and nine, while the senior secondary will have grades 10, 11 and 12.
lack of classes
In Junior Secondary, students will learn 12 core subjects – English, Kiswili or Kenyan Sign Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Health Education, Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education, Social Studies, Religious Education, Vocational Studies, Agriculture, Life Skills and Sports and physical education.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be integrated and used as a delivery tool for all disciplines. They will also have elective subjects, which include visual arts, performing arts, home science, computer science, foreign languages (German, French, Mandarin and Arabic), Kenyan Sign Language and indigenous languages.
This will lead to enrollment of two classes in 10,413 secondary schools across the country, leading to shortage of facilities.
To address the shortage of classes, the government is in the process of constructing 10,000 new classrooms to accommodate the increased enrollment.
In the first phase, the government will build 6,500 new classrooms in 6,371 schools. In Nyeri, 168 classrooms will be built in 167 of the county’s 220 secondary schools.