Primary schools with an enrolment of less than 45 learners or those lacking the basic facilities will not host junior secondary schools the Ministry of Education has said.
Instead, they will act as feeder schools to other JSSs within a two-kilometre proximity.
Part of a circular by the Ministry dated January 6 read, “Primary schools with an enrolment of less than 45 learners or those lacking the basic facilities to host a JSS will serve as feeder schools to other JSSs within a two-kilometre proximity. In geographically expansive, low density and insecurity prone areas, as well as for learners with special needs and disability, the government will implement affirmative action regardless of the enrolments”.
A team from the Ministry of Education and the Teachers’ Service Commission is today expected to commence assessing the suitability of primary schools to admit JSS learners.
The assessment which is expected to run for two weeks is expected to ascertain on the type of school, whether it is boys, girls or mixed, day or boarding, and regular or special needs, among others.
“To establish the readiness of our primary schools to receive and admit the Grade 7 learners, the Ministry of Education has scheduled a countrywide assessment of all the public and private primary schools between January 9 and 20.
Schools with inadequate sanitation facilities, land, furniture and no room that can be equipped for sciences will not host junior secondary schools.
Further, the schools must have space for agriculture projects and assorted farm tools, a room that can be equipped with tools for pre-technical studies, water availability and reliability of power supply For it to qualify.
Further, the government has directed regional and county education directors to assess and register all JSSs across the country ahead of schools reopening for the first term.