Minister sets date for radical 8-4-4 reforms

The process to radically review the education system starts next month, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced Wednesday.

Among other changes, the new curriculum will emphasise critical thinking and development of learners’ potential in and outside class as well as diminish the place of examinations as a mark of achievement in school, Dr Matiang’i said

“The vision of the curriculum reform is nurturing every learner’s potential and this will address key issues such as ethical values, equity, diversity, equality opportunity and excellence for all learners,” he said.

Dr Matiang’i said President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch the exercise next month.

“I am calling on all the policy makers, industrial players, educationists, learners and other professionals to give their submissions to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) so that the process is participatory and inclusive,” he said.

While granting Charter to Kibabii University in Bungoma County last month, President Kenyatta hinted at curriculum changes to make the education system more responsive to national needs and diversity.

KICD Director Julius Jwan said the exercise will end in 2018 and might result in a new system to replace 8-4-4 which was introduced in 1985.

Uwezo Kenya Regional Coordinator John Mugo termed the move timely, noting that the current system treats all children as though they had equal ability.

“A curriculum should provide options on what pupils can study to develop the potential in every child and also to reduce wastage,” said Dr Mugo.

He said that the new curriculum should also emphasise problem solving skills. - Daily Nation, Thursday, December 31, 2015

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