Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Monday 16th January, announced the opening date for Junior Secondary Schools. He established January 30th, 2023 as the reporting date.
Furthermore,the Cabinet Secretary Machogu announced that the results for grade six are now accessible and can be obtained by parents and students on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 via the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) website.
CS Machogu made the the placements for Form 1 students official and emphasized that education officials are taking steps to eliminate any potential challenges that may impede students from transitioning seamlessly from primary to secondary school.
“Reporting date for Form One is 6th to 13th February 2023,” CS Machogu said.
Machogu also requested that KNEC hold discussions with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to review curriculum reports and ensure that all junior secondary school facilities are prepared prior to the beginning of the academic year.
Additionally, CS Machogu stated that no school should charge fees for junior secondary unless it has boarding facilities and that President Ruto has also allocated KES 15,000 per student as capitation. He further emphasized that the government is keeping to its commitment of providing free primary and secondary education to all students and that it is now illegal for public schools to charge any fees for day scholars.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is currently in the process of hiring 30,000 teachers for junior secondary schools. CS Machogu stressed the importance of increasing the number of day schools to accommodate more students and promote parental involvement. He also mentioned that the government is not eliminating boarding schools, however, as they move forward, they will focus on expanding and creating more day schools as they have a greater capacity to do so.
CS Machogu also highlighted that the Ministry of Education is awaiting the report of the Presidential taskforce on modifications to the competency-based curriculum, and that the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) will be used to admit students into junior secondary schools.
The fees for public secondary schools for the year 2023 will be KES 53,554 and for county schools it will be KES 40,555.