More consultations needed before rolling out new curriculum – Sossion

December 6, 2017 (2 weeks ago) 3:58 pm
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Speaking at the Annual General Meeting for Head Teachers on Wednesday in Mombasa, Sossion said that more time is needed to test and approve the new curriculum/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion has said that more consultations are needed before rolling out the new curriculum which is due next year.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting for Head Teachers on Wednesday in Mombasa, Sossion said that more time is needed to test and approve the new curriculum.

“Curriculum review must go through the necessary stages; Assessment, policy formulation, design of curriculum framework ,development of syllabus ,development of learning material s and the learning materials must be tested and prove to be working .This cannot be done within one year maybe two years before any roll out is done,” said Sossion.

He said he is not opposing the new curriculum but it’s important to have enough pilot projects to test and evaluate its effectiveness before rolling it out.

“Some of those expected to roll out the new curriculum do not understand it; we are not against it but it is very important for everybody to understand it,” said Sossion.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has already said that all is set to roll out the new curriculum next year.

The new system has been categorized into three phases, Early Years Education covering nursery to Grade 3, Middle School Education covering Grade 4 to Grade 9 and Senior School covering grades 10 to 12.

The system emphasizes on Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) over one-off examinations.

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