The 8-4-4 education system is set to be replaced with a new curriculum whose enactment will be May next year.
The new structure has three levels: early years, middle school and senior school education. 2-6-6-3 system will effectively end the three-decade-old structure characterised with high-level wastage and stretched examination process.
The new system would ensure learners acquired skills to meet the human resource Vision 2030 aspirations.
This means that children will spend two years in nursery and six years in lower and upper primary, each section divided into three years. Secondary education will also be split into two – lower and senior – each section taking up three years.
English, Kiswahili, mathematics, integrated education, health education and pre-technical and pre-career education will be the main subjects.
Earlier Informed Career Choice
According to the framework, at Grade 4, learners will be introduced to the optional subjects offered at upper primary so as to make informed choices at Grade 7.
It states that Graduates of primary school Grade 6 shall join lower secondary at Grade 7. Lower secondary will expose the learner to a broad-based curriculum to enable them to explore their own abilities, personality and potential as a basis for choosing subjects according to career paths of interest at the senior school.
“We will present the proposed new curriculum to education stakeholders at a National Curriculum Conference to be held on December 8, 2016, after which we can plan how to implement it,” said CS Matiang’i.
The national steering committee, will meet to approve the document before it is presented to the National Conference ahead of piloting of the curriculum.
“We shall start piloting of the lower primary, then do a national roll out of the classes in 2018. Other classes will be done on a phased out approach,” KICD Chief Executive Officer Jwan Julius said
The new system seeks to reduce wastage that sees thousands of students drop out of schools.