A task force on curriculum development has proposed the scrapping off of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and boarding schools in the country.
The task force chaired by Kenyatta University Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration, Fatuma Chege has proposed a new curriculum format dubbed the 2-6-3-3-3 education system.
Under this new system, students will be in nursery for two years, primary for six years, three in junior secondary, three in senior secondary school, and spend another three years in university.
In the proposed system, the team advocates for scrapping off of KCPE at the end of grade 6, adding that the first national exam should be at the end of junior secondary.
At the end of senior secondary, students will sit another exam to determine who joins University.
The team also proposes that the provision of boarding facilities be reserved for a few institutions under guidelines that will be provided by the Ministry of Education.
“These were the final proposals of the team. However, some details may slightly change as only a small team was tasked to polish the final report that was shared with the CS,” said a member of the task force as quoted by a local daily.
According to sources privy to the taskforce’s report, KCPE will be replaced by school-based continuous assessments. The aim of this is to monitor and gauge how students understand concepts.
“The thinking is not to test children for transition purposes, but to monitor their learning progress by gauging their understanding of the subject areas for levelled interventions,” a source privy to the report opined.
The proposal to do away with boarding schools means that parents should be ready to spend more time with their children, as anyone joining secondary school will be required to join an institution near their home as there will be no boarding.