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Gov’t Invites Grade Six learners to pick preferred junior secondary schools via Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) selection portal

The Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) selection portal was opened on August 15 and will be accessible till August 30, according to the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec).

Although the schools have not yet reopened, Knec Chief Executive Officer David Njeng’ere yesterday indicated that students were free to begin choosing their chosen secondary institutions.

Students must log in into the site, navigate to the “Grade Six register,” and choose their preferred schools with the assistance of their school administrators and teachers.

In accordance with the selection criteria, students must choose two national schools, two regional schools, two county schools, four sub-county schools, and two private schools.

The selection process for Form One slots by students in Standard Eight follows the same criteria.

In Kenya, there are about 10,000 secondary schools, of which 8,933 are public and 1,554 are private.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha stated that public secondary schools that share a property with a public primary school should utilize available classrooms as additional learning space when he released the JSS placement guidelines.

Students whose parents are required to pay the tuition at these privately held institutions will have access to registered private secondary schools.

The ministry has so far identified 2,300 public primary schools that house junior secondary students and are located on the same property as secondary schools.

The results of the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment will be used as a guide for the transition from Grade Six to JSS (KPSEA).

The final evaluation for leaners is scheduled to take place from November 28 to November 30.

40% of the students’ final score will come from the summative assessment. Assessments done in schools will be used to determine the learners’ 60% score.

The school-based tests are given to students in grades four (20%), five (20%), and six (20 per cent).

On July 18 and ending on September 9, the last grade six test was scheduled to take place. However, instructors anticipate more communication with Knec over the current two-week election break.

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