The Ministry of Education has advised Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) principals to avoid imposing additional financial burdens on parents as students transition to the next stages of their education.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, in a press release on Friday, warned school heads against charging JSS parents extra fees for the construction of new classrooms and purchase of new school uniforms.
CS Machogu instructed school heads to permit students progressing to higher grades to use the same uniforms and classrooms as their predecessors.
The new move aims to ensure that all students who took the 2023 Kenya Primary Schools Education Assessment (KPSEA) can seamlessly proceed to Grade 7.
“All the 1,282,574 candidates who sat the 2023 Kenya Primary Schools Education Assessment be allowed to join Grade 7 in the Junior Secondary Schools hosted by their respective primary schools where they attended Grade 1-6.”
Machogu revealed that the ministry had already allocated Ksh.7.6 billion for JSS facilitation and was planning to spend Ksh.12.8 billion on constructing 15,015 classrooms within the next year..
“The ministry wishes to inform all heads of institutions that the Ksh.7.6 billion released last week for learners in Junior Secondary Schools have been credited to school accounts. Schools are therefore not expected to charge any levies from parents.” the statement further read
The CS also directed school heads to assign Grade 7 learners the classrooms used by the current Grade 8, with a similar arrangement for Grade 6 and Grade 8 students, respectively.
“Grade 7 learners should utilize the classrooms used by the current Grade 8 in 2023. Grade 8 learners should occupy the classrooms left vacant by the last cohort of Standard 8 candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination in 2023,” he clarified.