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Primary schools to be renamed, Junior secondary students to learn Indigenous ‘mother’ Language



Education CS Ezekiel Machogu

When Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) are put into place, the Ministry of Education says that the names of the elementary schools will change.


Comprehensive schools, which offer both primary and junior high school education, are required by the new rules to take the name of the primary school where they are located “except in special circumstances.”


For example, a school that is now known as “Mwendapole Primary School” will now be known as “Mwendapole School (Primary and JSS)”.


The government says that elementary schools and junior high schools must keep separate bank accounts for accounting purposes.


The JSS leadership has been given the job of choosing the right uniform for each school after talking to the right people.


However, the government advised school administrators against steering parents toward certain uniform retailers.


“It is advised that each student have at least one pair of uniforms.” According to the ministry, parents must pay for the outfit, and no school may tell parents where to buy it.


The JSS uniform must respect the cultural and religious values of the various communities, and no JSS student may be excluded for his or her inability to pay for a school uniform. “In light of various climatic situations, special care shall be given,” it was noted.


Twelve required core classes and one or two electives must be taken by JSS students. The main subjects are English, Kiswahili or KSL, math, integrating science, health education, pre-technical and career education, social studies, religious education (CRE, IRE, or HRE), business studies, agriculture, life skills, sports, and physical education.


Visual arts, performing arts, home science, computer science, foreign languages (German, French, Mandarin, Arabic), Kenyan Sign Language, and indigenous languages make up the list of elective courses.


In the meantime, pre-vocational students will be tested in nine areas: hygiene, nutrition, and safety; activities related to the environment; math activities; music and movement; religious education (Christian, Hindu, and Islamic); physical and health education; and social studies.  

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