Government to remove boarding school for grade 1-9

Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang’ has announced that the government is planning to scrap boarding schools for students in Grades I to 9.
Speaking on Tuesday during the official opening ceremony of the 18th Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) in Mombasa, PS Kipsang’ said that the move will allow children to better engage with their parents.

“As we move forward, day schooling will be the direction because that is the only way we shall be able to engage with our children. The first years of our learning between grade 1 and 9, the direction government will be taking is day schooling,” he said.

“We need to start socialising ourselves that we need to be with our children and the only way for that to happen is to be in the day school environment.”

PS Kipsang’ further noted that parents co-parent with teachers and allowing students to stay at home will enable them “acquire the values that parents expect of them.”

He explained that Kenya ranks among the countries with the highest number of students enrolled in boarding schools, sitting at a high of 28% compared to a neutral 15%.

“28 per cent of our children are in boarding schools. Globally, rarely would you get any country that goes beyond 15% even in the African setup. Ours is the highest anywhere.”

This comes as the government tries to ensure a seamless transition to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) which will see students adopt a 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum taking over from the 32-year-old 8-4-4 curriculum. Classes will start from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

Since switching from the 7-4-2-3 system in 1985, this will be the country’s second time adopting a new curriculum.

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