At least 1, 500 children are yet to report for Junior Secondary School (JSS) admissions in Kisumu Central Sub County.
According to Sub County Director of Education Charles Ang’iela, his office was doing everything to ensure 100 per cent transition by end of this week.
He said the Sub County had registered 4, 888 children for transition from primary to Junior Secondary.
The children can report to Junior Secondary with their old uniforms, and parents get the correct uniforms graduallyKICD Director Prof Charles Ong’ondo
However, by Monday, 70 per cent of them had reported to various schools.
Ang’iela was speaking on Tuesday when he accompanied Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Director Prof Charles Ong’ondo to inspect distribution of learning material in JSS in the area.
Ang’iela said the ministry approved 29 public primary schools and 41 private primary schools to host the JSS learners.
And with a number of schools across the country reporting dilemma in posting of JSS teachers, Ang’iela said Kisumu was fine.
He said the sub county had at least 30 teachers with Masters Degrees in Education and five holding Doctorate of Philosophy (PHd) in the same field.
“We have so many of them with first degrees in Education. That gives us the confidence that there is no cause for alarm because we have teachers who are properly qualified to handle students in this level,” he said.
He said the Teachers Service Commission has also committed to post teachers in the JSSs before end of the week.
We have so many of them (TEACHERS) with first degrees in Education. That gives us the confidence that there is no cause for alarm because we have teachers who are properly qualified to handle students in this levelCharles Ang’iela, Kisumu Central Sub County Director of Education
He noted that most of the schools in the area had received at least text books in three learning areas of Agriculture, Physical Education and Health Education.
“I think as a sub county, we are rearing to go, and things will go on well,” he said.
Prof Ong’ondo asked parents to release their children to school, as headteachers have been advised to receive all the children.
“The children can report to Junior Secondary with their old uniforms, and parents get the correct uniforms gradually,” he said.
He added: “We want to believe that no child is sent home, supposedly to buy any books.”