Inside Ministry Of Education’s Plan To Abolish Boarding School

Changes to secondary schools, including the conversion of some boarding schools to day schools, are set to take place when the competency-based curriculum is changed to junior secondary in 2023.

In a report set to iron out gray areas in transition under the new education system, CBC learners will attend day schools within a kilometer or two from their former primary schools for junior secondary in rural areas.

“Except in arid areas, areas with long commutable distances and insufficient suburban schools, designated day secondary schools will be important transition points in secondary education,” the report said.

The report of a task force led by Principal Secretary Fatuma Chege was released in December last year but made public last week.

Changes to secondary schools, including the conversion of some boarding schools to day schools, are set to take place when the competency-based curriculum is changed to junior secondary in 2023.

In a report set to iron out gray areas in transition under the new education system, CBC learners will attend day schools within a kilometer or two from their former primary schools for junior secondary in rural areas.

“Except in arid areas, areas with long commutable distances and insufficient suburban schools, designated day secondary schools will be important transition points in secondary education,” the report said.

The report of a task force led by Principal Secretary Fatuma Chege was released in December last year but made public last week.

The report is titled “Workforce Report on Enhancing Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity and Quality for Effective Curriculum Improvement Implementation.”

The leading class of CBC will join Junior Secondary School in 2023.

The report recommends that learners attend primary and junior secondary school day schools in their local neighborhood.

The report suggests a pooling system that would one day see the secondary school absorb learners from many primary schools around it.

The report borrows from Shanghai China’s success stories through an initiative called “Neighborhood Attendance”.

It directed that learners attend their local neighboring schools rather than scramble for confined spaces in major schools.

Arguably, there are many benefits of day-schooling, including a reduction in the cost of education.

Arguably, there are many benefits of day-schooling which include reducing the cost of education for families, expanding access, bridging the gender gap and reducing wastage.

“Day-schooling promotes parental engagement and participation in their children’s learning and development,” the report said.

In the new system, underutilized primary facilities can be used to build new secondary schools.

Changes may convert some boarding schools into day schools to host junior secondary.

This would allow the use of facilities that would be left empty such as hostels being reorganized into classrooms.

To materialize the transition, the Fatuma Chege Task Force recommended education county directors to map the daytime secondary schools in their jurisdiction and the primary schools around them.

It will guide the placement and transition of learners to junior secondary school

The report proposes to equate educational institutions with less infrastructure at par with those that are well equipped.

This, the report argues, is to ensure that no school is considered superior to another.

The report recommends the need for inclusive education by including learners with special needs in the normal classroom setting day school.

 

The report argues that junior secondary school requires learners to attend day school.

One of the key arguments is the recommendation of studies that suggest parental guidance as key for adolescents, which is effectively realized when parents are in daily contact with their children.

The report, borrowed from a 2008 World Bank report, argues that schools on that day provide the main route for expanding equitable access to secondary education.

The argument is that boarding schools are expensive to build and operate.

The World Bank report recommends that junior secondary be localized and tailored to meet the needs of those who cannot afford boarding fee.

Boarding secondary schools were to be reserved for learners who could not access day schools within a reasonable distance from their home.

As per the recommendations of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the age of the learners attending Junior Secondary School will be 12 and 14 year.

The report of the task force states that during the same period, there is rapid growth of the learner physically, emotionally and psychologically.

This requires a lot of parental support and engagement, the report said.

“The emphasis on parental involvement and engagement in junior secondary is a key feature that has been taken into account during the anticipated transition,” the report said.

The report indicated that there is a significant number of dropouts in the 8-4-4 age among learners in class 7, which coincides with the age group in which to transition to junior secondary

However, among the challenges that hinder the proper development of day schools include transportation challenges.

Along with suggestions to solve this, learners are being admitted to secondary schools near their homes.

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