PS Kipsang’: Gov’t to eliminate boarding schools for grades 1 to 9

Belio Kipsang, the principal secretary for basic education, has declared that the government intends to abolish boarding institutions for pupils in grades one through nine.

PS Kipsang’ stated that the change will enable kids to interact with their parents more effectively on Tuesday at the official opening ceremony of the 18th Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) in Mombasa.

“Day schooling will be the approach we take going forward since that is the only way we will be able to interact with our kids. The government will move in the direction of day schooling for the first several years of our education, from grade 1 to grade 9, he declared.

“We need to begin teaching ourselves the importance of spending time with our kids, and the only setting where that can happen is in the day school setting.”

PS Kipsang’ added that enabling pupils to stay at home and parents to collaborate as co-parents will help them “acquire the virtues that parents expect of them.”

According to him, Kenya has one of the highest percentages of kids attending boarding schools, with a high of 28% and a low of 15%.

“Our student population includes 28% boarders. Rarely, even in the African context, would any nation globally exceed 15%. The highest one is ours.”

In an effort to facilitate a smooth transition to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), which will see pupils embrace the 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum in place of the 32-year-old 8-4-4 curriculum, this has come to pass. Classes will begin in grades one through twelve.

This will be the nation’s second time implementing a new curriculum since abandoning the 7-4-2-3 system in 1985.

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