Parents have sighed with relief after President Ruto issued a new directive that Grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 to remain in their current primary schools.
There has been growing confusion among parents regarding where the Grade 6 pupils will be domiciled.
The president made the directive after he received a report from the committee formed to review the Competency-based-Curriculum (CBC).
He said Grade 6 of Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will not be used for placement in junior secondary schools and the Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9, students will be domiciled in the existing primary schools.
The assessment will instead be used to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention.
He made the remarks after the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, he formed on September 30, 2022 to evaluate the country’s new CBC education system and make recommendations submitted its report to him.
This directive has led to many insights from parents concerning this quite a huge number positive feedback.
David Musii a parent to a grade six student in Hakina Primary School, Nairobi, has said he really appreciates the directive saying most parents were not ready for the transition.
He said the government was also not ready with the necessary infrastructure.
”As a parent I was really worried for my girl because she is too young to go to High School. I still need time to be around and take care of her,” said Musii.
The government further directed that an extra classroom and a laboratory be built across all primary schools to be used by the Junior Secondary School learners.
The government will also work together with relevant education stakeholders to bring teachers up to speed with the necessary skills that will allow them to begin delivering CBC lessons based on the system’s principles.