Phase out of 8-4-4 system on course


By Kaltun Jama

The Ministry of Education has launched the pilot program for the new curriculum that will replace the 8-4-4 system of education.

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i says the trial phase involving 470 schools will determine viability of the syllabus before it is rolled out countrywide.

The 8-4-4 system of education that has been in use for the last 22 years. CS  Matiang’i launched the pilot phase on Thursday morning at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development exuding confidence of a successful transition.

Dr. Matiang’i says the pilot phase will determine practicality of implementing the curriculum at national level.

He explained that the new system has been categorized 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.

Head teachers of the 470 selected pilot schools will undergo training on the Competency Based Curriculum before rolling it out next month.The selected schools are drawn from all 47 counties.

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Meanwhile the Cabinet Secretary further called on parents and teachers to continue being vigilant to sniff out any trouble.

Early last year, there was a wave of unrest in schools across the country with a preliminary audit report describing incompetence among senior Ministry of Education field officers as a contributing factor.


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