All secondary schools registered by the Ministry of Education must host Junior Secondary Schools (JSS), the government directed yesterday.
Implementation of Curriculum Reforms Principal Secretary Prof Fatuma Chege said this is part of the government strategy to ensure resource optimisation in implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
She said that though in certain circumstances the ministry would be at liberty to decide in which institution to establish a JSS wing, the junior school must have its own management and infrastructure.
“No secondary school will be in a primary school and if the primary school has excess infrastructure that can be transformed into a JSS, then the government is at liberty to establish a wing of JSS with its own management, own secondary school infrastructure that can grow from junior to senior. JSS being hosted in existing secondary schools is based on rationale of resource optimisation,” said the PS.
The PS was speaking yesterday on the sidelines of the third Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) national conference in Nairobi. She said the ministry has data showing that some secondary schools have surplus classrooms so it will be a question of rationalising resources and supporting those with a deficit.