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Ministry inspects schools in readiness for Junior high

The Ministry of Education continues to assess primary schools to determine how prepared they are to accommodate Grade 6 learners who will be joining junior secondary in Kenya this academic year.

Pokot South Sub-County Ministry of Education Director Charles Kitur and other education stakeholders toured various schools in the region for the assessment of junior secondary school students’ classrooms in readiness for the admission of Grade Seven learners.

He said the assessment is an ongoing exercise carried out by education stakeholders from the national, regional, county, and sub-county levels.

Kitur said the Ministry of Education has directed that all grade six students will transit to Grade 7. He noted that in the 2023 calendar, Grade 7 learners will be admitted as from January 23.

“Junior secondary learners will remain in their previous primary schools and under the same headteacher unless the ministry of education relocates them to another school due to logistics issues,” Kitur noted.

On the level of preparedness, Mr Kitur further stated that he was pleased with the level of commitment and preparedness of schools for the admission of junior secondary students.

He said the assessment in West Pokot County started on January 9, 2023 and will run until the 20th of this month.

Kapsait and Kokwoplekwa primary school teachers Madam Esther Sang and Ms Jane Kiplagat respectively, lauded the government for carrying out the assessment in each and every school for it will help them in the preparation for the transition.

They further noted that they are ready to comply with any protocols that the government will introduce in order to make sure that the transition is successful.

The Ministry is assessing both public and private schools

By Anthony Melly and Ian Langat

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