The Ministry of Education has clarified the issue of the school uniform Grade 7 learners will wear.
In a press address today, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said that Grade 7 pupils transitioning to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) will dress differently.
This different colour or type of uniform will differentiate them from primary school pupils.
“There is need to distinguish the Junior Secondary School section, as a result a decision has been made that parents and management agree on the new uniforms for JSS learners. Because it is secondary, the uniform will not be the same,” Machogu has clarified.
This means that even though the JSS students will remain in their previous learning institutions, their school uniforms will differentiate them from the primary school learners.
Machogu has added that after holding talks with parents and other stakeholders, the Board of Management of each school will come up with the new school uniform for JSS.
“Parents will have to bear responsibility of buying uniform for their children,” he said.
Other than the new school uniforms, parents whose children are in day schools will not incur extra costs as their tuition fees will be fully paid by the government.
“No school should charge any fees for Grade 7 learners unless such schools have boarding wings,” Machogu has said adding that the government has set aside Ksh.9.6 billion for the learners in junior secondary this calendar year.
This means that public schools shouldn’t charge any admission fee.The ministry has also assured learners that there will be enough teachers to attend to them, even as the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to recruit more.
A number of teachers in Primary schools will be teaching in JSS since they have accordingly been prepared for the same.