CBC pupils to remain in Primary School After sitting for National Exams

CBC pupils to remain in Primary School After sitting for National Exams

By Judy Jerono

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has revealed that the Competency-Based Curriculum pupils who will sit for their National Examinations will remain in primary schools.

Addressing the press at Moi Educational Centre, Magoha said that there have been doubts by parents over the readiness of private schools to host the first lot of Grade Six graduates as boarders in junior secondary schools.

He said there is no need for the parents to move their children to different institutions, adding that they should retain them in junior secondary facilities that are established within the schools.

Prof. Magoha said the competition should come when they are looking to join senior secondary schools in Grade 10.

“It would be very important for the parents who already have their children in private schools to retain them in junior secondary facilities that are established within those schools so that the cut-throat competition that comes after standard eight be postponed to year 10,” he explained adding that “It is just one additional year so that they will even be a little bit older than usual when they start competing now for the senior school,”

The CS addressed the notion by members of the public that the CBC meant that students joined high schools at a young age, noting that some secondary schools had admitted students as young as 12 years old in the 8-4-4 system.

“Who said that our teachers are not well-trained, even in this school, we have had 12-year-olds before and even now. I am a doctor and I can tell you that the difference between a 12 and 14-year-old is not that serious, they even behave better,” he stated.

Magoha further said that they have completed the construction of 1,296 out of 5,000 CBC classrooms in public schools adding that, he will ensure all classrooms are completed before the government handed them over to the primary schools.

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