In Summary
  • In 2019, the system is expected to be rolled out in Standard Four to Six and in 2020 it will cover Standard Seven, Eight and Form One.
  • The new system replaces the current Standard One to Form Four with Grade 1 to Grade 12.
  • This year, KICD is expected to develop learning materials and teaching guides for pre-primary and Class One to Six, also known as Grade 1 to Grade 6.

The new education system developed to replace the discredited 8-4-4 could finally be implemented in May on a pilot basis in lower primary schools, documents seen by the Sunday Nation reveal.

The system, which places emphasis on continuous assessment tests (CATs) over one-off examinations, will then be rolled out in January next year covering nursery, Standard One, Two and Three.

The revelation comes ahead of a major conference on the curriculum scheduled for January 30 that will discuss the proposed system and schedules.

In 2019, the system is expected to be rolled out in Standard Four to Six and in 2020 it will cover Standard Seven, Eight and Form One.

In 2021, the system will be extended to Form Two only and in the following year it will cover Form Three.

In 2023, it will be rolled out in Form Four.

The new system replaces the current Standard One to Form Four with Grade 1 to Grade 12.

It has been categorised 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.

A National Basic Education Curriculum Framework (NBECF) implementation plan developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and seen by the Sunday Nation shows that the last Standard Eight candidates to sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will tackle the exam in 2019, while the last Form Four to sit the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will write the papers in 2022.

The system will only involve students below Standard Six.

“The current Standard Six pupils (2016 class and above) will not have the opportunity to go through the NBECF (2017),” states the plan.

TRAINING TEACHERS
This year, KICD is expected to develop learning materials and teaching guides for pre-primary and Class One to Six, also known as Grade 1 to Grade 6.

“In-service re-tooling of current pre-primary and G1 to G6 teachers in the competence based curriculum content, competencies, instruction and assessment will be done this year,” states the report.

After its implementation starting January 2018, KICD will embark on retraining upper primary teachers (Grade 4 to Grade 6) on the new system’s demands and requirements.

In 2018, KICD will concentrate on developing learning materials and teaching guides for G7 to G9 which is Lower Secondary.

“In-service re-tooling of G7 to G9 teachers in competency based curriculum content, competencies, instruction and assessment will be done,” adds the report.

Teachers teaching Grades 7 to 9 will be trained on the new system starting 2019 during which period KICD will also complete the development of learning materials and teaching guides for senior secondary covering grades 10 to 12.

There will also be in-service training for teachers teaching grades 10 to 12 on the new system.

The training will cover the new system’s content, competencies, instruction and assessment.

The proposal to scrap the 8-4-4 system was first contained in a 2012 report by a task force chaired by Prof Douglas Odhiambo.

It instead recommended a 2-6-3-3-3 system aimed at “ensuring learners acquire competencies and skills to meet the human resource aspirations of the Vision 2030 blueprint”.

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