The Ministry of Education warns against illegal CBC transfers
The Ministry of Education warns against illegal CBC transfers. The fortunate Grade Six students moved into Grade Seven two weeks ago because, under the previous 8-4-4 system, Standard Seven students now enroll in Standard Eight in preparation for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams later in the year.
Solomon Chesut, the deputy county commissioner for Garissa Township, revealed the information on Sunday.
Mr. Chesut stated that under the 8-4-4 system, students in Garissa were skipping Grade Seven and joining Standard Eight.
In order to avoid enrolling their pupils in junior secondary school, Mr. Chesut revealed that local primary school teachers were collaborating with parents to shift their students from class six to class eight.
“The jobs of the involved teachers will be lost. Students in Grade Six cannot be taught a different curriculum, jump to class 8, take the KCPE, and do well. Your jobs will be eliminated, Mr. Chesut.
According to him, infamous schools have been forwarded to him and the list was given to the appropriate investigative agencies.
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has received a list of schools, and appropriate action will be taken. All individuals responsible will be detained and charged,” he declared.
Today, Education PS Belio Kipsang sent a warning to all parents and teachers involved in the illegal CBC transfers of the students from Junior Secondary to Class Eight.
Ps Belio Kipsang highlighted the following techniques the duos are using in the illegal transfers of class seven in CBC system to Class Eight;
- Falsification of school records
- Falsification of birth records and biodata of Grade 7 learners
- Attempts to obtain new birth certificates by parents
- Generation of new UPI for continuing learners
- Presenting Grade 7 students as Class Eight candidature
- Facilitating transfers of Grade 7 learners into other schools and presenting them as Class Eight
Kipsang asks the Education Officers to validate KCPE registration data.
” All field officers are asked to validate all registration data for 2023 KCPE and point out any abnormal increase in KCPE candidature against 2022 class 7 enrollment ”
He added that ” Officers are also directed to liase with State Department for citizen services on issues of birth certificate issuance that is abnormal. Any school that engages in such malpractice must be reported to this office for action.”
This comes amidst when the government and Ministry of Education is plans to relieve teacher shortage in Junior Secondary School.