The new revised education system is expected to come into effect from January 2019, officially making the end of the 8-4-4 system which was introduced in 1985, by President Daniel arap Moi.
The new revised education system is expected to come into effect from January 2017.
The proposed 2-6-6-3 will officially mark the end of the 8-4-4 system which was introduced in 1985, by President Daniel arap Moi.
According to the new curriculum, students are expected to study for 2-years in pre-primary, 6-years primary, 6-years high school which will be 3-years in the junior secondary and 3-years in the senior secondary and 3 years in the higher education.
The proposed education system was developed after the Needs Assessment Study for Curriculum Reforms study conducted by the Kenya Institution Curriculum Development (KICD).
The study sought the public’s opinion on the current education system and found that a good number of Kenyans want an education system that does not solely focus on examination but practical skills as well which allows learners to identify talent and uses teaching methods that are learner friendly according to hapakenya.
Early education system will see to it that pupils acquire numeracy, reading and social skills. In the middle primary and lower secondary will have the pupils acquire general knowledge, practical skills, technology, values and pick a career at the end of the Junior Secondary School.
After transitioning to Upper secondary school, communication skills, critical thinking, technology and creativity will make up the curriculum.
This is to help prepare students for the job market and also solve the problem of having a workforce with theoretical knowledge but no practical skills.
So how did we end up here? Here is a short history lesson on the Kenyan education system.
East African Community (7–4–2–3 System)
In 1967, Kenya, with Uganda and Tanzania adopted a single system of education, the 7–4–2–3, which consisted of 7 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary education, 2 years of high school and 3–5 years of university education.
Kenya 7–4–2–3 System
After the collapse of the East African Community in 1977, Kenya continued with the same system of education but changed the examination names from their regional identity to a national identity.
The East African Certificate of Primary Education, became the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE), the East African Certificate of Education became the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) and the East African Advanced Certificate of Education became the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE).
In 1985 President Daniel arap Moi, introduced the 8–4–4 system of education, which adopted 8 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary education and 4 years of university education. CPE became KCPE while KCE became KCSE.
it would also be during Moi regime that hundred of schools be constructed and named after him, the former president was very passionate about education and he is credited for putting Kenya on the worlds map in terms of education
if adopted, the last KCPE will administered in 2018 and the last KCSE in 2021 while the first secondary examinations (senior secondary) under the new system will be done in 2023.