From Tuesday, 17 January 2023, pupils who sat for the 2022 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will be able to access their results.
Speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Monday, January 16, Education CS Ezekiel Machigu said that all the 1,245,577 learners from 32,555 different centres across the country would transition to Junior Secondary School (JSS).
Given that the KPSEA examination reports will be given to schools for the first time ever, the Education CS asked the examination body, KNEC, to engage with KICD and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to help schools in appropriately evaluating reports for learners and parents.
KNEC has also been tasked to undertake collaborative conversations with the two agencies about the national KPSEA reports in order to provide feedback on the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) that will help shape the ongoing curriculum review.
Schools will be able to view KPSEA reports on the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) portal.
The Education CS revealed that President William Ruto had directed the National Treasury to set aside Ksh15,000 per student as capitation to enable free learning in all public schools.
This calendar year, the government will spend a total of Ksh9.6 billion on students in Junior Secondary School. As a result, unless a school has boarding wings, no school should collect tuition for Grade 7 students.
Public schools are prohibited from charging any entrance fee for any Grade Seven learner due to the 100% transition policy within the same school where the learners were enrolled in Grade Six.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is recruiting 30,000 new teachers, the majority of whom will work with students in Junior Secondary School.
Although students will begin Grade Seven in the same schools they were when they were in Grade Six, the education ministry says the Junior Secondary School learners must be distinguished from their primary counterparts.
As a result, it has been decided that parents and Boards of Management must agree on new uniforms for Junior Secondary School students.
Schools are supposed to have elaborate admission processes in place for Junior Secondary School students via the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).
There must be an admissions registry in place, as well as a comprehensive induction and orientation program.
The Ministry of Education is awaiting the recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms on the CBC curriculum in order to inform any necessary revisions in the content of all levels of learning.
As a result, further instructions on the Junior Secondary Education level will be provided from time to time.
Students entering Grade 7 should report to their respective Junior Secondary Schools on January 30, 2023.