CBC 2023 Report Proposes Abolition of Boarding Schools
CBC 2023 Report Proposes Abolition of Boarding Schools. Boarding primary and secondary schools might be phased out as early as next year if the recommendations of the presidential task committee on education are adopted and put into practice.
32,437 primary schools and more than 3,000 secondary schools will become day schools if the plan to eliminate all public primary and secondary residential institutions is followed out.
There would only be room for 105 national secondary schools to continue operating as residential institutions.
In return, schools will become centers of excellence with the responsibility of taking in Junior Secondary School (JSS) students.
In the past, student uprising at boarding schools has resulted in dorm room destruction.
As a result of poor health and sanitary conditions, some students at some residential schools have either passed away or been hospitalized due to a health crisis.
In order to determine which children should continue on to traditional day schools and which should be admitted to centers of excellence, the taskforce has suggested utilizing comparison scores to assess which students are most suited for each type of institution.
Grades 7, 8, and 9 make up the junior high school (JSS) of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), from which students move on to senior secondary (Grades 10, 11, and 12).
To circumvent the intense competition connected with national tests like the KCPE and KCSE, CBC has devised a continuous assessment-based strategy, in contrast to its present 8-4-4 system competitors, whose examination scores determine their advancement to the next level.
Several public engagement events hosted by the taskforce were dominated by the debate over whether or not to eliminate boarding schools, with some participants asserting that students should spend their formative years close to their parents and guardians.
Boarding institutions should be abolished, according to the task group, which is formally known as the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms.
The PWPER research states that, “depending on the availability of financial resources to upgrade all non-national schools to the same status as the latter, the abolishment should be within a time frame of five years.”