Fate of 8-4-4 to be decided during major education conference

January 30, 2017 9:07 am
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The meeting will seek to reform the system which has been in place since 1985 and bring in a new curriculum which will ensure learners acquire competences and skills to meet Vision 2030 blueprint/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – Education stakeholders will Monday meet to decide the fate of the 8-4-4 system during a major conference set to take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The meeting will seek to reform the system which has been in place since 1985 and bring in a new curriculum which will ensure learners acquire competences and skills to meet Vision 2030 blueprint.

A proposal by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) indicated that there will be Early, Middle and Senior schools with focus on continuous assessment tests over summative evaluation.

Early childhood and lower primary education; middle primary and lower secondary; and upper secondary will take five, six and three years, respectively.

However, the National Basic Education Curriculum Framework (NBECF) does not indicate how many years students will take in tertiary institutions.

One of the options the conference is likely to be presented with is from a 2012 report of a taskforce chaired by Douglas Odhiambo, which proposed the scrapping of the 8-4-4 system.

It recommended a 2-6-3-3-3 system, which it says would ensure learners acquire competences and skills to meet the human resource aspirations of Vision 2030 blueprint.

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