Death of KCPE as Uhuru puts end to debate on curriculum
SEE ALSO :Fresh bid to stop mass exam failureEducation Cabinet Secretary George Magoha had set up a task force led by Prof Fatuma Chege, Kenyatta University Deputy Vice Chancellor, to advise on the sticky issue of curriculum implementation. Magoha had said the government had decided that students will sit national examinations at the end of Grades Nine and 12 of the CBC. “We have decided that there will be an examination after Year Nine and after Year 12,” Magoha said last month. Grade 12 is an equivalent of present Form Four. This means the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has been retained and will be used to place students to universities. Under the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system, learners will spend two years at pre-primary before proceeding to Grade One to Six. They will then transit to Junior Secondary School before joining Senior Secondary School (Grades 10 to 12). University education will last three years. The new education system guarantees elimination of individualised national examinations and introduces learner assessment. The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) said the assessments will be used to gauge the implementation of CBC in schools and also inform government policy.
SEE ALSO :Ensure KCPE and KCSE exams runs smoothlyEvery year, the government places hundreds of thousands of learners to national, extra county and county schools. Addressing the pertinent question of infrastructure, Uhuru seemed to suggest that it will be done over time. “I rather (pupils) be under a tree rather than being in streets sniffing drugs. Gradually, we will get the infrastructure needed,” he said. The President asked those keen to disrupt the roll out of the new education system to change course. “Let us avoid unnecessary push and shove. I am committed to the reforms in education,” he said. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has opposed the roll out, citing inadequate teacher training, poor infrastructure, inadequate budget and lack of legal policy. The union has also questioned the roll-out process. Locked out KNUT delegates were yesterday locked out of the conference for having not registered. “It was designed for KNUT not to attend and our position does not change,” said Sossion. At the event, Uhuru pleaded with teachers to support the new curriculum. “The process will have a lot of challenges and it will be hard for teachers. But children will give you the inspiration not to waste the effort,” said Uhuru. He said it is disheartening to spend many years training a child only to see them without hope, abusing drugs and engaging in criminal activities. “Teachers should be the greatest warriors in assisting us to ensure children who have hope regain confidence. Let us not be dampened by the challenges,” said Uhuru. Teachers Service Commission (Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said more than 113,000 teachers from both public and private schools have been trained. [email protected]
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