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Kenyans given 10 days to give proposals on education reforms

By Daniel Psirmoi | February 2nd 2016

Kenyans have 10 days to give their input on what they want changed in the curriculum.

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) yesterday announced it had started the process of reforming both the basic education sector and teacher-training system and needed proposals from the public.

KICD is planning to launch a national needs assessment study on all the basic education sub-sectors such as early childhood development, primary, secondary and special needs.

"As part of the data collection, the institute is calling for submission of memoranda on the curriculum reforms from individuals, public and private institutions and all interested parties," read an advertisement by the institute in the local dailies.

Nurturing talents

The memoranda on the curriculum reforms should address areas such as the societal needs that need to be changed, key competencies that learners should achieve at each level of education and strategies of identifying and nurturing talents.

The public and institutions should also propose cross-cutting and contemporary issues that the system reforms should address, effective modes of assessing a competency-based curriculum and appropriate resources for implementing the same.

Those with the memoranda are required to send them to the KICD boss not later than February 12.

KICD has in the past proposed radical reforms to the education sector, arguing that the current curriculum is overloaded and puts too much emphasis on national examinations.

Scrapping of the 8-4-4 system and both the Standard Eight and Form Four national examinations are some of the contentious issues related to the current curriculum that have arisen in the recent past.

It is expected that the same issues may re-emerge, considering that a complete overhaul of the curriculum was last implemented in 1985 when the country shifted from 7-4-2-3 to the current 8-4-4 system.

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