30,000 More Teachers To Be Hired For Junior Secondary
According to the recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform, junior secondary school placement should not be based on the results of the Grade 6 assessment that just ended.
Stakeholders said that the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), would be used to track academic progress.
"It will be used as an assessment to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention."
The task team also favors housing junior secondary students at current primary institutions.
"The construction of laboratories will be prioritized within the next year. Members of Parliament are asked to work towards providing support for the extra facilities," the statement read.
"Priority will be given to teachers who will be handling Grade 7 learners."
The group under Chairman Raphael Munavu further said that when appointing teachers, Grade 7 teachers should be given preference. The working group must provide its final report by March 2023.
To ease the transition and address the teacher shortage, the government will also hire 30,000 teachers by January.
"Government will recruit an additional 30,000 teachers by January 2023 to facilitate the transition and bridge the teacher shortage" the report reads.