Nyandarau KNUT Official Wants “Junior Secondary” Named “Senior Primary”

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Nyandarua Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) branch Secretary Johana Ndung’u has proposed for the junior secondary school (JSS) renaming in bid to boost the academic esteem of learners.

According to the official, JSS should be named intermediate level or senior primary.

Speaking in Ol Kalou town during the election of a Tower Sacco Director representing Ol Kalou Zone, Ndung’u said the name secondary should be preserved for the secondary schools in the country as they are popularly known.

“If we refer to Grade Six as Junior Secondary, the learners will be wondering why they are being called so and yet they are learning in primary school. This can affect them mentally and lower their academic esteem,” Ndung’u said.

Regarding the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms for recommending that the Grade Six level of learning be domiciled in primary schools, Ndung’u lauded the team saying it saved secondary school teachers from being overburdened with work.

He further commended the government’s effort of hiring more teachers saying that the current regime is committed to ensuring the status of good education in this country is upheld.

He said that hiring more teachers would help in solving the current shortage of tutors experienced in many schools. At the same time, he said the best formula for recruiting new teachers would be the number of years a teacher has been jobless after graduating.

Meanwhile, the hotly contested election saw James Mwangi Kiiru lose the directorship he held continuously for 32 years.

He garnered 219 votes against his only rival Patrick Kariuki Thogo who got 222 votes in the exercise presided over by the Nyandarua County Director of Cooperatives Veronica Kahura.

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