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TSC Releases Circular Regarding Transfer To Junior Secondary

TSC Releases Circular Regarding Transfer To Junior Secondary

The following circular was released by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in relation to the changeover to junior secondary schools (JSS).

To: All Head Teachers

TRANSITION TO JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL

The above captioned refers.

As you are aware, the first cohort of Grade 6 learners under the new Competence Based Curriculum sat for their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) in November, 2022. The earners will transit to Junior Secondary School (JSS) Grade 7 with effect from 1st February, 2023.

Following the recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, the Government directed that the Junior Secondary School (JSS) will be domiciled in the existing Primary Schools.

This places you in critical position to ensure that the transition is efficient and seamless. To enable you and other stakeholders discharge their respective roles, the Ministry of Education has released Guidelines for Implementation of Junior Secondary Education which, is available at the Teachers Service Commission website www.tsc.go.ke and the Ministry’s website at www.education.go.ke. You are advised to obtain the Guidelines and acquaint yourselves with its contents as you prepare to receive the learners in your respective schools.

In addition, you are required to note the following:

(a) As a result of your appointments as the lead teachers or administrators in your respective schools, in charge of carrying out the Education Policy Guidelines and Professional Practices, you will oversee the respective Junior Secondary Schools program during the transition period, which runs from 1 January to 31 December 2023 or until further directed. As a result, as the lead, it is required that you continue carrying out your responsibilities in compliance with the TSC Act’s (2012), the Basic Education Act’s (2013), and the Code of Regulations for Teachers’ provisions (2015).

(b) In each of your respective schools, a special Sub-Committee of the Primary School Board of Management (BOM) will be established to oversee the JSS during the transition. The JSS Management Committee will carry out the duties described in The JSS Management Committee shall perform the functions provided under Section 59 of the Basic Education Act (2013) which, include policy implementation; management of finances, physical facilities, staff, learner’s welfare, quality education and school community relations.

(c)Pursuant to the provisions of section 62 of the Basic Education Act, you will be the Secretary to the JSS Management Committees.

(d) There are Nineteen (19) Learning Areas at JSS level comprising twelve (12) core and seven (7) optional Learning Areas. A learner is required to take all the twelve (12) core learning areas and a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of two (2) optional learning areas.

Distribution of both core and optional learning areas together with their respective time allocation is as shown in Tables I & II below:

Table I: Time Allocation for the Core Learning Areas

S/No Subject No Of Lessons Per Week (40 minutes per lesson)
1. English 5
2. Kiswahili/KSL 4
3. Mathematics 5
4. Integrated Science 4
5. Health Education 2
6. Pre-Technical Studies 4
7. Social Studies 3
8. Religious Studies (CRE/IRE/HRE) 3
9. Business studies 3
10. Agriculture 3
11. Life Skills Education 1
12. Physical Education and Sports 2
Total 39

Table II: Time Allocation for Optional Learning Areas

S/No Subject No of lessons per Week (40 Minutes per lesson)
1. Visual Arts 3
2. Performing Arts 3
3. Home Science 3
4. Computer Science 3
5. Kenya Sign Language (KSL) 3
6. Foreign Languages (French, German, Mandarin Arabic) 3
7. Indigenous Languages 3
Total 21

(e) From Table I you will note that 39 out of the 45 lessons in a week are set aside for the Core Learning Areas. The remaining six (6) lessons are set aside for a maximum of two (2) optional Learning Areas, with each of the optional Learning Area being allocated three (3) lessons in a week.

(f) As a matter of illustration, for a Grade Seven (7) class in Junior Secondary School offering both Computer Science and Business Studies as Optional Learning Areas, distribution of the lessons and time allocation would be as shown in Table III.

Table III: Distribution of Learning Areas and Time Allocation for a Week

S/No Subject No of Lessons per Week(40 Minutes per lesson
1. English 5
2. Kiswahili/KSL 4
3. Mathematics 5
4. Integrated Science 4
5. Health Education 2
6. Pre-Technical Studies 4
7. Social Studies 3
8. Religious Studies (CRE/IRE/HRE) 3
9. Business Studies 3
10. Agriculture 3
11. Life Skills Education 1
12. Physical Education and Sports 2
13. Computer Science (First Optional L.A.) 3
14. Business Studies (Second Optional L.A.) 3
Total 45

(g) In summary, there shall be nine (9) lessons per day for five (5) days totaling to 45 lessons per week. The time allocation for each lesson shall be 40 minutes.

(h) Save for Kiswahili, Kenya Sign Language, Foreign and Indigenous Languages, English shall be the medium of Instruction for all learning areas.

(i) Teachers and Interns serving under the TSC Internship Programme posted to Junior Secondary Schools will be allocated assignment to teach the new learning areas based on their subject specialization and competence. The Commission will continue to re-tool the teachers posted to JSS with a view to enhance and diversify their knowledge, skills, competencies and attitude to deliver the new curriculum.

(j) As the Head of Institution, you are expected to receive the newly posted teachers, submit the Entry Report, capture their details on the TMIS, facilitate the development of the Junior Secondary School Timetable and oversee all related administrative processes to ensure teaching and learning process take place.

(k) Further, implementation of the JSS Programme will also call for your active participation to ensure the curriculum is implemented effectively and teacher professional standards are maintained.

As you are aware, safety of learners and security of institutional property and resources is a matter of serious concern that will require a combined and sustained effort of all players in the education sector. It is in this regard that I urge you take adequate measures to ensure that teachers under your supervision adhere to the contents of this Circular and the Guidelines for the Implementation of Junior Secondary School (2023) as issued by the Ministry of Education.

DR. NANCY MACHARIA, CBC

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  1. Hello Tsc customer care .This is Robert Wangila wabwile. Kindly clarify for me .I am a diploma holder in education arts specialised in English literature. Since I got a C plain in K.C.S.E. I was denied tsc number. I had to enroll for Bachelor degree which I am waiting for graduation. Can I apply for tsc number to teach junior secondary?

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