Government to construct Laboratories in JSS
Government to construct Laboratories in JSS. The government will reportedly set aside Kes. 10 billion, or about 40% of the required infrastructure.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ezekiel Machogu, made this admission while touring a few junior high schools in Kisii Central.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education reaffirmed that the government is committed to providing appropriate funding for every kid.That the previous 8-4-4 educational system would not be reinstated.
Machogu pleaded with MPs to prioritize and support the development of more laboratories through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), noting that each laboratory would cost approximately Kes. 1.2 million.
He stated that there were enough classrooms in the ministry and that money had been negotiated with the government and World Bank. He did emphasize that work needed to be done in order to meet the Junior Secondary School (JSS) level objective.
According to CS Machogu, the government would disburse funds meant for the JSS, giving each student Kes. 15,040.
While secondary school students will continue to receive Kes. 22,244 per learner, primary school students will receive Kes. 1,420.
Despite having a 96% transition rate, 15,460 children have not yet reported to junior secondary school, according to Machogu.
He emphasized the government’s commitment to not reverting to the 8-4-4 system, claiming that the CBC is the best educational system for teaching children competency skills.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) found that 84% of Kenyans supported the adoption of the CBC.
Moreover, Machogu noted that the majority of education stakeholders wanted Junior Secondary Schools to be located in elementary schools due to the extensive preparation and training teachers underwent over the period of more than seven years in order to prepare for the CBC.
Students from public schools outperformed some private schools in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests last year, according to CS Machogu, demonstrating that public schools have better facilities.
The CS also revealed that the government has successfully transitioned 91% of students to secondary education.