The government will invest Sh5 billion to set up laboratories in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) to ensure adequate infrastructure, Education PS Belio Kipsang has said.
Speaking at Arap Moi Primary School in Kajiado, Kipsang said education stakeholders should work together to help learners choose pathways to senior secondary school education.
“I want to assure our junior secondary learners that the Government is committed to ensuring adequate preparations, which is only possible if we put in proper, adequate infrastructure. The Sh5 billion capitation will be key in building the integrated resource rooms,” said Kipsang.
“The Government will work with other partners to expand infrastructure. We will also employ at least 36,000 teachers to oversee junior secondary learning,” he added.
The PS said: “This is just a learning transition and parents should not over-think or worry. The competency-based curriculum (CBC) is friendly and learner-based. The Government has also made available all the necessary materials”.
He assured the 1.2 million JSS learners of instructional learning materials while those in private institutions would also access the same at dealers of their choice.
“The Government is committed is to ensuring that parents are not compelled to buy these materials from specific dealers; it should be a free market,” he said.
Kipsang said the Ministry is working with Members of Parliament to urge them to also utilize part of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in improving school infrastructure.
The majority of JSS learners reported back with their old uniforms, as schools said they would give parents time to purchase new ones.