NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – Training of education officials ahead of implementation of the new 2-6-6-3 curriculum kicked off Monday morning at various centres countrywide.
Officials from Nairobi and Kajiado Counties converged at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to be sensitised on the new education system.
Team leader in charge of the training Elmund Songe stated that the officials will ensure that the system is fully implemented within selected schools.
“We have ensured that no player in the education sector is left behind. For the first time, even those with special needs are working on the curriculum on their own to ensure it meets their needs,” he stated.
Songe stated that teachers from schools identified for the pilot programme that also include special schools, will be trained from Wednesday.
He said indicated that they hope to complete the training within schedule.”We started well and everything is proceeding smoothly.”
KICD Director Julius Jwan further stressed that curriculum developers have been dispatched to the counties with appropriate learning materials to ensure the teachers are well versed with the contents of the new curriculum.
He said that teachers will be expected to start teaching the curriculum on May 29 and the outcomes will be used to fine tune the document ahead of the scheduled roll out in all schools in January next year.
He also encouraged the public to volunteer their views to enrich the system that is one of the education reforms envisaged to make the country’s education system more globally competitive.
“We will be getting feedback as we go along. This will help us improve the process and will determine the way forward,” he said. “This is a study. It is research. When you are doing and testing something, the results of the process will determine how you move on.”
He indicated that some 1,888 teachers from the 47 counties will be taken through the syllabus that was endorsed by the institute’s academic committee last week.
He stated that already, curriculum developers have been dispatched to the counties with appropriate learning materials to ensure the teachers are well versed with the contents of the new curriculum.
“We have ensured that no player in the education sector is left behind. For the first time, even those with special needs are working on the curriculum on their own to ensure it meets their needs,” he said.
He explained that there will be between 80 to 100 teachers per class besides 1,150 field officers from the Ministry of Education who will also be part of the training on the Basic Education Curriculum Framework (BECF).
The proposed 2-6-6-3 curriculum is based on a needs assessment conducted by the Institute that was presented at the National Conference on Curriculum Reforms that culminated into a major conference in January to deliberate on the matter.
The implementation process of the proposed curriculum is staggered, with the focus now being on the early years, these being two years of pre-school education, and the first two years of primary education.
The current system has been criticised for being too examination oriented with a lot of content that has turned out to be a burden to learners.
Jwan said curriculum support officers in the counties have been incorporated in the program that will allow teachers to compare the current system with the new one.
“This is not going to be a dead end. It will be a continuous process. The process is very inclusive and entails professionals from all the education players,” he said.
He stressed that the development of the curriculum is guided by the national goals of education, which recognise the need to have international consciousness embedded in learning to ensure Kenyans fit into the global arena.
“Kenya is not an island. We cannot develop the curriculum in isolation, by being blind to global standards,” he said.