The Junior Secondary School (JSS) guidelines will be released on January 3, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said.
Machogu said the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has already released the Grade 7 curriculum designs and instructional materials for use at the JSS level.
“I expect to hold a meeting with all stakeholders on January 3 to consider and release the guidelines so they can provide a roadmap to all players as they prepare for the Junior Secondary School,” the CS said when he released the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results.
Following the directive to domicile Grades 7, 8 and 9 in primary schools, President William Ruto urged the Ministry of Education to provide further guidelines on the transition.
To this end, the CS said he formed a multi-agency committee to draft guidelines that will guide the transition.
Specifically, he said the committee is expected to draft guidelines that will among other key issues, effectively ensure a seamless transition from primary school Grade 6 to JSS and facilitate their effective leadership and management.
The team is also expected to promote consistency in the implementation of the JSS curriculum including teaching and learning, and assessment, ensure the provision of adequate, appropriate and safe physical infrastructure and a learner-friendly environment for all learners including those with Special Needs and disabilities.
“The committee is expected to draft guidelines that will effectively ensure the provision of adequate and well-prepared human resources to facilitate curriculum delivery for JSS and outline the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the implementation of the various components of JSS,” the CS noted.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), which the Grade 6 sat concurrently with KCPE candidates, will not be used for placement of the learners in JSS.
The KPSEA Report will however be part of the process of monitoring learner progress.
Kenya National Examinations Council(KNEC) will upload the report of the assessment on the school portals in January to enable schools to develop strategies for further teaching and learning.