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CBC: Grade 7 Pupils To Join Normal Secondary Schools In Magoha Latest Directive

The CS mandated on Wednesday, May 11, that all existing day and boarding secondary schools admit students transitioning to Junior Secondary School.

He also stated that the ministry has allocated approximately 1,500 primary schools to house additional Grade 7 students.

The change will affect the first cohort of CBC students entering Grade 7 in 2023.

"The Education Ministry wishes to underline that junior secondary schools would be provided in both boarding and day secondary schools around the country" (CBC). All existing boarding and day secondary schools will accept pupils transferring from Grade 6 to Grade 7 under CBC, subject to Ministry restrictions.

According to the release, "the Ministry has chosen 1,500 primary schools that will host junior secondary schools because they have sufficient learning and teaching facilities as well as land for physical growth."

Some of these primary schools will be enlarged to include a full secondary wing in the future.

The order comes on the heels of widespread speculation that the ministry would only enroll all Grade 7 students in day secondary schools.

According to Lawrence Karundi, Deputy Director for Secondary Education, students will be housed in surrounding day schools until the state resolves the dormitory space issue.

The difficulty is exacerbated by the fact that current Class 8 students will enter high school using the old curriculum.

"When it comes to dorms, especially for junior high," adds the principal, "we want this to be a day school, not a boarding school."

"The transition will be such that pupils will join schools close to where they are currently," Karundi explained, "thus boarding may not be necessary."

Students will be assigned to Junior Secondary Schools based on their academic performance, topic interests, and capacity to attend day schools.

Math, English, Kiswahili, Integrated Sciences, and Creative and Social Sciences are the five courses being evaluated.

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