New dawn beckons in Education sector as Matiangi launches Pilot phase of new education system

Education CS Fred Matiangi/FILE

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,20TH APRIL 2017- Education  Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi has  launched the pilot program for the new education system that will replace 8-4-4.Speaking during the launch on Thursday morning,  Matiangi indicated that the study will be carried out to test the feasibility and validity of the planned curriculum designs, teacher preparation and assessment models.

The Education CS stated that the new system will replace the current Standard One to Form Four with Grade 1 to Grade 12.

According to Matiangi   the purpose of the pilot phase  is to determine the viability of the exercise on a national level.

“We want to keep an eye on the cost of implementing this curriculum so that we do not make a decision and then later on we cannot live by it because it is too expensive to implement,” he stated.

Ten pilot schools were selected in each of the 47 counties in Kenya based on well balanced and elaborate criteria.

 Matiangi explained that the new system has been categorised into three phases, Early Years Education covering nursery education to Grade 3, Middle School Education covering Grade 4 to Grade 9 and Senior School covering grades 10 to 12.

“A sub-committee that has been working on the cost of the curriculum has done a fantastic job and by the time we complete this exercise and begin to implement the new curriculum, we will be taking decisions that we know we can live with financially,” he said.

Head teachers are also expected to undergo a one day induction training on Competency Based Curriculum in preparation for the pilot phase of the new curriculum in their schools, starting next month.

The system, which places emphasis on Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) over one-off examinations, will then be rolled out in January next year covering nursery, Standard One, Two and Three.

In 2019, the system is expected to be rolled out in Standard Four to six and in 2020 it will cover Standard Seven, Eight and Form One.

In 2021, the system will be extended to Form Two only and in the following year it will cover Form Three.

In 2023, it will be rolled out in Form Four.

According to a National Basic Education Curriculum Framework (NBECF) implementation plan developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), the last Standard Eight candidates to sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will tackle the exam in 2019, while the last Form Four to sit the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will write the papers in 2022.

After its implementation starting January 2018, KICD will embark on retraining upper primary teachers (Grade 4 to Grade 6) on the new system’s demands and requirements.

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