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Murang’a schools ready for junior high

In a move towards attainment of 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary education, Murang’a County Director of Education, Ms. Ann Kiilu, has confirmed that 657 schools which will host Junior Secondary in the county are ready.

“Of the 657 schools approved to host the junior secondary, 514 are public schools, while 133 are private schools and they are all ready, equipped and prepared to host the Junior Secondary School (JSS), starting Monday,” she said.

Kiilu further added that all the schools have also identified respective students’ uniform.

Countrywide, this transition will see over 1.25 million learners who sat the inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KEPSEA), proceed to Junior Secondary.

Meanwhile, at Vidhu Ramji Primary School within the Township Ward in Kiharu Constituency, a spot check by Kenya News Agency, revealed that all the pupils who had sat the Grade Six KEPSEA Assessment had reported for the JSS.

“Our Grade Six had 175 pupils and therefore we are not expecting any other pupils from outside, as only nine pupils have not reported for one reason or the other, but we expect them all by the end of the week,” said Mr Michael Kimwaki, the Head Teacher.

He also confirmed that the School has adequate staff to handle the JSS, even as they await to receive more teachers from the Ministry of Education.

“We thank the government for supporting us to host the JSS and are hopeful that we will get an extra classroom and a laboratory, to effectively execute the JSS Curriculum,” he added

Learners in public Junior Secondary Schools will each receive a capitation of Sh.15, 000 from the government.

At the same time, Murangá County Commissioner, Karuku Ngumo, has called on the National Government Administration officers (NGAO), to ensure all the pupils who sat their KCPE, transit to high schools.

“The chiefs and assistant chiefs must follow up and ensure that the children under their jurisdiction join form one because the government seeks to ensure that all children enroll in Primary School and complete their Secondary School Education, with a 100 per cent transition rate,” stated the CC.

By Florence Kinyua

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