Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) teachers and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) teachers have disagreed on the best placement for junior secondary school pupils.
KNUT representatives advocated that the junior secondary level should be housed in the primary school setting in a presentation to the task committee constituted to assess the rollout of the syllabus for the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Collins Oyuu, secretary general of KNUT, has observed that most kids entering Grade 7 are between the ages of 11 and 14, which is too early for them to enter high school.
He also insisted that the level be renamed “intermediate level” rather than “junior secondary school.”
“There are still some unanswered problems about why senior comes in after junior, so we will refer to junior secondary as intermediate and place it in primary schools. Don’t call this Junior Secondary School, we are requesting,” declared Oyuu.
However, KUPPET representatives headed by Secretary General Akelo Misori argued in their presentations that the students were mature enough to make the move.
Misori maintained that secondary schools had already built the necessary curriculum and infrastructure to manage the transfer.
However, the two groups reached an agreement that schools should hire more teachers and administer the forthcoming Grade 6 National Examinations openly and honestly.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KEPSEA) exam is scheduled to take place over the course of three days, from Monday, November 28, 2022, to Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
The sixth-graders will take exams to prepare for their transition to junior high school in January 2023.