Grade six candidates who completed their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) on Wednesday will proceed to Junior Secondary Schools domiciled in the existing primary schools.
In addition, the assessment done by the candidates will not be used for placement in Junior Secondary School. Instead, it will be used as an assessment to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention.
1,287,597 candidates sat for their KPSEA exams this year and were unsure of their fate in regard on school placement.
This was announced by president Willian Ruto yesterday after receiving an interim report by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms.
To ensure there are enough facilities, the government will construct an extra classroom and laboratory in every primary school within the next one year. Meanwhile, primary schools neighboring secondary schools will share the laboratories and other facilities with junior secondary schools.
The Ministry of Education together with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the Teachers Service Commission will provide the necessary guidelines on how the transition will be done.
To curb teacher shortage, the government will recruit 30,000 teachers beginning January next year to facilitate the transition with priority being given to those teachers who will be handling Grade 7 learners.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reform has up to March 2023 to submit the final report.