Head teachers, teachers and Parents from schools which are to host junior secondary school are in turmoil. This comes after new directives by the Ministry of Education to these schools ahead of Grade Seven admission.
In a statement made on Sunday January 8, the Ministry announced the requirements that must be met by schools including infrastructure, enrollment numbers and human resources.
For example, schools in urban and populated areas must meet a threshold of at least 45 students lest they will be merged.
“Primary schools with an enrolment of fewer than 45 learners will serve as feeder schools to other JSSs within a two-kilometre proximity,” the statement reads.
During the evaluation, schools will be required to prove that they have the required number of qualified teachers with a diploma level of education.
Teachers will also be put on task to demonstrate that they can teach the new subjects under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).Due to the practical nature of CBC, all junior secondary schools must have a laboratory for the Integrated Science subject.
The Ministry’s checklist further includes two extra classes for junior secondary schools, proper sanitation, hygienic food handling and sufficient playgrounds.
However, School heads have complained that some of the requirements are costly especially the construction and equipment of the laboratories.
The new directives apply to both public and private primary schools.