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No KCPE again in primary schools under new curriculum-Uhuru

Pesident Uhuru Kenyatta with Westlands Primary School KCPE candidates on Wednesday November 1, 2017.Image: PSCU

By Mkarimu Media

There will be no national examinations in primary schools under new curriculum President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday.

Speaking during the third National Conference on Curriculum Reforms at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) Uhuru said the new changes will ensure 100 percent transition and will enable Kenyan children to be competitive in international markets.

“The task force has recommended that grade 7,8 and 9 should now be domiciled in our secondary schools, this has also been contained in the task force report that there will be no examinations in Standard 6 and we shall ensure that we have 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school,” Uhuru said adding “We are embarking on a process that will have a lot of challenges but one that will rest Kenya’s growth trajectory.”

The President’s announcement puts to an end the long controversial debate on the new curriculum and on where lower secondary school classes would be domiciled.

This means that the old 8-4-4 education system will be replaced by 2-6-3-3-3 education system.

Under the new education system there will be national examinations at year nine (grade 9/the current form one) and year 12 (grade 12).

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has been retained and it will be done at grade 12 (the current form four). Those who quality will join universities.

Under the system learners will spend two years at pre-primary before proceeding to Grade One to Six.

They will then transit to Junior Secondary School before joining Senior Secondary School (Grades 10 to 12).

University education will last three years.

The new education system guarantees elimination of individualised national examinations and introduces learner assessment.

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) said the assessments will be used to gauge the implementation of CBC in schools and also inform government policy.

In primary schools, the government is rolling out Grade Three pupils monitoring leaners’ assessments aimed at establishing the extent of teaching and learning of the pupils.

There will also be no wastage as all children will transit to next class and career paths – arts and sports, social science and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) created at secondary level.

The current class three (Grade three) will be the first to test the system and come 2022 there will be no Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

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The CBC was rolled out in all schools on January 3, this year in pre-primary 1 and 2 and Grade 1, to Grade 3. The government has scheduled to roll out Grade Four in January next year.

The location of the Junior Secondary School level of education had split various education stakeholders, with the rival teachers’ unions pulling apart.

Primary and secondary school heads associations also had sharp standpoints on the matter, with each of the sides keen to win the teachers’ membership to their side. “We support the decision and we will receive the pupils when they finally come to secondary schools,” said Kahi Indimuli, national chair of Secondary School Heads Association.

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