From August 15 to August 30, Grade Six pupils across the country will get the opportunity to select their preferred junior secondary schools. This will be the start of a transition to junior secondary schools that will come into effect in January 2023.
This selection will be similar to that which is done by class 8 pupils. According to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, Grade Six pupils will be offered placement in all existing registered public and private secondary schools.
Public secondary schools which share a compound with a public primary school shall utilise the available classrooms in the primary school as additional learning space, while existing registered private secondary schools will be available for learners whose parents will pay the fees charged by the private secondary schools.
Speaking on how Grade Six pupils will be placed in junior secondary schools, Magoha said that the transition of learners from upper primary to JSS, under CBC, will be guided by the assessment outcomes of the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA). Also, the selection of students for admission to the JSS will be based on performance in the KPSEA, equity which will include use of affirmative action, choice of schools by learners on advice by parents and teachers and also institutional declared capacity.
“Learners, in consultation with their parents and teachers will be given an opportunity to select a public or private secondary school of their choice for their JSS education. Parents shall meet the cost of learning in private schools as is the usual practice,” Magoha said.
For standalone junior secondary schools, only those that are registered will be eligible for selection and placement. Students with special needs and disabilities pursuing the Stage-Based Pathway will bemoved to Grade Six based on performance in the Kenya Intermediate Level Education Assessment (KILEA).
The Grade Six learners are expected to sit for their final assessment from November 28 to November 30.
According to Magoha, the summative assessment will contribute to 40 per cent of learners score. The Kenya National Examinations Council will assess the 13 subjects offered at upper primary level using five papers.
They will include, Mathematics, English, Kiswahili/Kenyan Sign Language, Integrated Science which comprises of Science and Technology; Agriculture; Home Science; and, Physical and Health Education, and Creative Arts and Social Studies which combines four subjects among them Social Studies; Christian Religious Education/Islamic Religious Education/Hindu Religious Education; Art and Craft and Music.
The other 60 marks will be drawn from school based assessments administered at Grades Four (20 per cent), Five (20 per cent) and Six (20 per cent). The overall score will be reported as a summation of the scores in the five papers and will be out of 500 marks.