William Ruto to decide location of junior secondary

Principal Secretary state department for implementation of curriculum reforms opening grade seven classrooms at the Kerugoya Municipality Schools.

President William Ruto on Thursday said learners expected to join junior secondary school could soon know whether they will study in primary or secondary institutions.

Speaking when he chaired the inaugural meeting of his Cabinet, Dr Ruto promised he would offer "guidance" on the subject based on recommendations of the Presidential Working Party that is assessing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

A statement released after the Cabinet meeting said the Presidential Working Party had issued an update of the assessment.

"The meeting noted that the Presidential Working Party had thus far conducted public hearings in a total of 37 counties. In that regard, the team would conclude the county hearings and thereafter receive oral submissions from stakeholders, including Teachers Unions, Associations, Parliament, and others by 24th November, 2022," read the statement.

Some 3.5 million Grade Six pupils are set for a national primary school assessment from November 28 to 30, which will run concurrently with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination. Form Four students will sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination from November 21 to December 23.

The president also said road contractors owed Sh92 billion will be paid through a bridge bond framework.

He also plans to amend the Petroleum Development Act to provide a framework for the allocation of the "Petroleum Development Levy to road infrastructure development."

The Cabinet also deliberated on the drought situation, approving "incentives" aimed at mitigating its effects.

"Cabinet approved the initial phase of incentives that will catalyse recovery efforts by building drought resilience, food security and adoption to climate change resilience programmes through preparedness and recovery through proactive investment in high-impact large-scale water harvesting, storage and distribution," the statement read.

The rising cost of living also dominated discussions, with the Cabinet approving a framework to "position the Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) as the anchor of State initiatives to create a price stabiliser for essential household food items."

The Cabinet approved the establishment of Kabonyo Fisheries and Aquaculture Service and Training Centre of Excellence in Kisumu.