Parents warned against transferring learners without notice
By Peter Ochieng
Thousands of learners continue to enrol for Junior Secondary School (JSS) education across the country as the government pushes for 100% transition.
The government wants all learners who sat for the grade six Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) last year to join JSS currently domiciled in various primary schools.
Parents have however been warned against transferring learners without prior notice.
Speaking at Migosi primary school in Kisumu on Tuesday while supervising the distribution of junior secondary school learning materials, Charles Ong’ondo, Director, of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) said several learners have been transferred without prior notice.
“All children in our schools have been registered in what we call NEMIS, that is the education information system. So, if you transfer your child, let it be on record that the child has been transferred to another school. That will help us to know how many books to take to a particular shool,” said Ong’ondo.
He thanked head teachers for allowing grade 7 learners back in their previous school uniforms, as parents and guardians put in modalities of acquiring new ones.
He said the government will supply books to schools so that no learner is sent home.
“The government will be supplying books to all learning centres, for all learners so that no child is sent home supposedly to buy any book.”
Charles Ang’iela, Kisumu Central Sub County Director of Education said at least 1, 500 learners are yet to report back for junior secondary.
He said they are doing everything possible to ensure they all report back by end of this week.
At Migosi primary, Headteacher Roseline Ngwata said she has so far received 319 learners for junior secondary.
She expected 350 back. She however said it is all systems go as far as junior secondary education is concerned.
The school has 17 graduate teachers to keep the junior secondary school education ball rolling.