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Updated Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Augustine Oduor

Standard Eight and Form Four national examinations could soon be scrapped if the recommendations of a Task Force set up to review the education system are adopted. The exams whose hallmark has been cutthroat competition among schools, and which hold the key to good secondary places and lucrative university courses, might be replaced with a list of assessment tests spread across the learning system.

Education Minister Sam Ongeri set up the Task

Force chaired by renowned scholar and former Moi

University Vice-Chancellor Douglas Odhiambo in February. Its mandate was to recommend ways to realign the education system with the new Constitution and to also help Kenya achieve the broad-based and accessible education programme promised by the new laws.

Also set to face adjustment with the exams administered by Kenya National Examination Council is the school annual calendar – currently made up of three terms of three months each.

It also proposes a new education system, which unlike 8-4-4, which stretches for 16 years, would run for 17 years – that is if a child does not repeat a class.

In this proposal, pupils would complete two years in Early Childhood Development Education, six years in primary, another six years at secondary, and at least three years at the university.

County assessment

The Draft Interim Report of the Task Force also suggests that all middle-level colleges should offer certificate and diploma courses with universities restricted to degree courses, a break from the current system of mixed offers.

The six-year learning at primary will be split into lower primary from class one to three, after which a county assessment would be done.

The upper primary would start from Standard Four to Six after which a national assessment would be dispensed to all candidates.

According to the proposal, secondary school education would also be divided into junior and senior secondary stages from Form One to Three. The Senior Secondary School section runs from Senior Four to Senior Six.

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