369,948 Private Schools Approved for Junior Secondary Level
Parents who are seeking to enrol their Grade 6 students in private secondary schools now have slots in waiting.
The Ministry of Education has approved private schools which will provide junior secondary education.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) opened the portal for the selection of schools and it shall stay open for two weeks.
According to a list distributed to principals, Nairobi County now has the most approved private schools.
Nairobi County has 142 schools approved while Kiambu County has 114 schools.
The list shows the number of classes available in every school as well as classroom capacity and the population of students.
Nairobi County has 60,359 slots in private schools while in second is Kiambu County with 22,665 slots.
Many counties have approved less than ten schools meaning more students in the selected counties will be attending public schools.
The counties of Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet and Samburu Counties each have one school approved while Narok and Kericho Counties each have two schools approved.
While releasing placement guidelines, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha said that parents should choose private schools that they are able to afford.
“Parents shall meet the cost of learning in private schools as it is the usual practice,” said Prof George Magoha.
The placement exercise included names of both public and private schools but the list of public schools has not yet been received.
The selection of admission will be based on merit, affirmative action, school choice and the declared capacity of institutions.
According to CS Magoha who is now outgoing following the recently held General Elections, Junior Secondary school should have a science laboratory and storage cabinets.
Private Schools Approved for Junior Secondary Slots per County
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In Junior Secondary School Summative Assessments will be administered in five subjects instead of 13 as reported in previous times.
English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Creative Arts and Kiswahili have been divided into five groups.
Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science and Physical Health are part of Integrated Science.
Christian, Islamic and Hindu education, arts and crafts, and music are all part of Creative Arts and Studies.
Summative assessments account for 60% of the total while the two school-based assessments account for 20% each.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will begin on the 28th of November 2022.