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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,2ND JAN,2018-Schools re-opened on Tuesday for first term 2018 amid several changes introduced by the ministry of education among them a new curriculum 2-6-6-3 which is expected to replace 8-4-4 that has been in existence since 1985.
According to the education ministry the new curriculum will be rolled out starting with standard 1 to 3 before it is effected to other classes.
There has been opposition from several quarters towards the introduction of the system with Kenya national union of teachers KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion saying that the ministry was in a hurry to unveil the curriculum without considering the stake holders in put.
Parents and guardians have also raised concern over the unavailability of textbooks and other resource books in line the new module.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has, however come forward assuring parents that all necessary plans had been put in place to ensure that the new curriculum takes effect without challenges.
Under the centralized procurement system, the books will, for instance, cost an average of Sh 194 as opposed to an average of Sh 790 per book when schools individually procured their own books.
Each student joining Form One will be issued with six textbooks –Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.
“The government will take over procurement of books for public schools. We cannot be losing billions of shillings to corruption networks,” Matiangi announced in early December.
The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) also plans to start hiring at least 12,000 teachers annually to increase the teacher-student ratio that has left a number of schools understaffed.
NEW FORM ONE ADMISSION
Over one million pupils who sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in November will also be heading to various secondary schools categorized as national, extra-county, county and sub-county across the country.
Tthe Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), 9,846 pupils out of the 1,003,556 candidates who sat for KCPE in 28,566 examination centers nationwide scored over 400 marks out of 500, the top candidate scoring 455 marks.