Wed. Feb 8th, 2023

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Students in junior secondary schools coming into place next year in Kenya’s new curriculum will be hosted in existing primary schools amid a shortage of facilities and teachers, the authorities have announced.

It came as more than 1.2 million candidate students in grade six (11-12 years) concluded their final assessment tests unsure of how they would transition to secondary school alongside students graduating in the older curriculum (13-14 years).

The transition appears to face several huddles, including the lack of classroom infrastructure and a shortage of teachers to adequately cover all the students who are supposed to join secondary school.

In an announcement on Thursday, a task force on the implementation of the new curriculum recommended that the students in the newer curriculum would study in existing primary schools and share some of the facilities in neighbouring secondary schools.

The education ministry is expected to build additional classrooms and a laboratory in each of the primary schools within the next one year.

The government is also set to recruit an additional 30,000 teachers by January next year to bridge the teacher shortage.

The presidency tweeted the recommendations:

By Joy

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