Gladys Boss Shollei Wants Grade 6 Learners Retained in Primary School
The Deputy Speaker to the National Assembly, Gladys Boss Shollei had implored the government to let grade 6 learners stay in primary school.
According to the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), Grade Six learners are supposed to join Junior secondary schools which are domiciled in secondary schools.
There are more than 1.6 Million Grade 6 learners who are waiting on the decision regarding their transition to junior secondary school.
According to the Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu, the Presidential Working Party for Education Reforms (PWPER) will issue a report within two weeks and their recommendations will inform the decision regarding the transition of learners.
“Please do not take the small children to secondary schools. As a mother of two generations of children, I have seen the difference. You cannot put them together,” said Shollei.
According to her, the age difference is like night and day and this could cause friction in their interaction which can create an unconducive environment for young Junior Secondary School learners.
“Grade Six children should be retained in primary schools to allow parents to mentor them until they are mature enough,” said Shollei.