Education system review talks begin

Wednesday March 30 2016

Chavakali High School candidates sit for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination on October 19, 2015. Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang have hinted at a possible overhaul of the 8-4-4 system. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Chavakali High School candidates sit for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination on October 19, 2015. Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang have hinted at a possible overhaul of the 8-4-4 system. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By OUMA WANZALA
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The government and Education experts will Wednesday start reviewing the curriculum in a process that could decide the fate of the 8.4.4 system which has been in force for almost three decades.

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) which has been assessing the country’s education needs since last year will present its proposal to the stakeholders.

The institute has proposed a shift from a subject-based curriculum to a competence based one and the conference will likely be presented proposals to scrap the 8.4.4 system.

In a document titled “Curriculum reform agenda for the Nation,” the institute observes that  the  Kenyan system has a long period for foundation skills and a short one for secondary schools which is not sufficient for acquiring important skills.

“This calls for a review of the education system to introduce a shorter primary cycle and a longer secondary school cycle,” says the institute, tasked with the responsibility of leading the review process.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has warned against changing the education system, saying it would introduce unnecessary costs.