Learners for Junior Secondary School (JSS) on Monday, January 30 reported to various schools in Kisii County amid challenges of uniforms, and computer and science laboratories.
County Director of Education (CDE) Pius Ngo’ma said he expects 32,233 candidates who sat Kenya Primary School Education Assessment ( KPSEA) to transit to JSS.
He said 759 public and 165 private primary schools have been approved to offer JSS education.
“124 schools, mostly private schools were not approved to offer JSS education due to low enrolment, inadequate compound, lack of infrastructure and are as good as deregistered,” Ng’oma said at Daraja Mbili Public Primary School.
The CDE, flanked by the County Quality and Standards Officer ( CQASO) Joseph Ochieng and the school Headteacher Vincent Abok appealed to parents to buy uniforms for their children and organize for food for the learners.
He said books for JSS have arrived at sub-counties and the headteachers will pick them, adding, teachers for the JSS secondary will report by Friday, February 3.
“The government has sent Ksh15000 for each student and Ksh4000 would be for infrastructure. I urge the school heads to ensure they have laboratories and computer labs," Ng’oma noted.
Abok said 50 learners had reported, adding that classes are being painted and renovated to accommodate the learners while others are converting a computer room into a laboratory.
He urged the government to hasten the disbursement of the funds to the schools to enable them prepare well to implement the JSS education system.
“We are set for the JSS and will constitute a board to comprise more Board members for the Junior secondary school,” Abok told the press.
Students, who talked to People Daily, said they were excited to wear different uniforms and were ready to learn.