Education CS Fred Matiang’i meets stakeholders,defends New school curriculum

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,3RD JAN,2018-Education CS Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday met education stakeholders where he defended the new school curriculum saying the process of implementation was right on course.

The CS also dismissed claims that the implementation of the new curriculum is hanging in the balance.

Matiang’i  who met with the National Steering Committee at KICD in Nairobi, noted the 2-6-6-3 curriculum is based on competence and that it followed wide consultation and detailed research.

It will see children acquire skills that will make them globally competitive he said, adding they will also be able to nurture their talents.

“I have seen reports in the media indicating the new curriculum is hanging in the balance. I categorically say there is nothing like hanging. The plan for the implementation remains as drawn,” he told a press briefing.

He added that  the curriculum will be implemented in phases instead of a switch off-switch on affair.

“For the last two years the steering committee has been in wide consultations. So far we have already trained 170,000 teachers on materials for grades one and two,” he said.

According to Matiang’i ,  phase two of the project will be rolled out in 33,000 public schools within the year, before the national conference in August, that will allow full implementation in 2019.

The phasing off of the 8-4-4 curriculum will take place gradually and be completed in 2027.

Sessional paper to be finalized

CS Matiangi has also added that the ministry was finalising the sessional paper which will be tabled in parliament in oder  for the new curriculum to to get the backing of Law.

This comes as various stakeholders including Parents  complaining about the roll out of the new system urging for more deliberation.

 

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