No Boarding for Junior Secondary

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Government Spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna has said that Implementing the Competency-Based Curriculum is not an easy task.

However, to be at par with the rest of the world, Mr Oguna asked Kenyans to swallow the bitter pill and embrace the CBC curriculum introduced to phase out the 8-4-4 system.

“We must be willing to roll up our sleeves and stick our hands in the mud.” But, all is not lost, he said. Teachers have been trained to encourage parents and children to improvise the available materials to cut costs.

“Our teachers have been trained to build our children so that they can effectively compete with others globally. This will allow our children to gain enough skills and improve on their talents, giving room for discovery that will encourage them to create jobs through innovation,” Mr Oguna said.

Mr Oguna emphasized that the co-curriculum activities will be included in the system to tap the talents of learners as they move from one grade to the other.

“More indoor and outdoor sports and games will be implemented in the CBC as provided for,” the government spokesperson said yesterday during a meeting that mainly focused on education.

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“Students transitioning to Junior High School under the Competency-Based Curriculum will study in day schools and not boarding schools. The Junior High Schools will however be domiciled in existing secondary schools and not primary schools.”

He also noted that the government has rolled out training for teachers which started on April 25 and will end on Friday.

“Training of teachers will enable them to manage Grade 5 students transitioning to Junior High in January 2023. By the end of the year, we will have trained more than 60,000 teachers,” he said.

Commenting on double intake, Mr Oguna said by the end of next year the government is planning to have 20,044 classes and provide IT devices in schools.

The coordinator of CBC at the Kenya National Examination Council, Ms Anne Ngatia, said the new curriculum is designed to equip learners with skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, as well as digital literacy among others.

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