The Cabinet has reveled that learners transitioning to Junior Secondary Schools are allowed to use their old school uniforms.
The decision was agreed upon during a meeting chaired by President William Ruto on Tuesday, February 28 at State House Nairobi.
According to the Cabinet secretaries, no learner should be sent home for lack of new school uniforms
“Cabinet considered the progress being made in the implementation of the transition to junior Secondary School, which is part of the Competency-based curriculum(CBC).
“The cabinet directed to foster equal opportunity for all our nation’s children, even where the transition to junior secondary school may warrant a change of uniform, no student should be turned away from school for lack of school uniform so long as they are kitted in their primary school uniforms,” part of the statement read.
MPs Demand CBC ban
This is comes after several MPs demanded the CBC be done away with, citing costs and poor preparation.
Lawmakers demanded that that the government abolishes the new system , saying it’s too expensive.
However, Education committee chairperson Julius Melly, defended the new curriculum saying the challenges been faced were not new as the same was witnessed during the change to the 8.4.4 system.
“I remember when 8.4.4 was started in 1984/1985 Kenyans were up in arms and wanted us to go back to the old system. The issue that I know is of contention is the issue of teaching staff which we need to address,” he said.
While contributing to a motion by Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma, one of the law makers also said that the system had created confusion in the education system.
The MPs also claimed that they were being forced to carry the burden of footing bills occasioned by the curriculum as they are required to buy books, and uniforms and pay for school for some of the learners.