2 January 2013

Kenya: Minister Mutula Supports Scrapping of Kcpe

EDUCATION minister Mutula Kilonzo on Monday revisited the controversial debate over the proposed scarapping KCPE examinations.

Mutua said the content of the education and not education system to be adopted by the country that matters. He however said he prefers the abolition of the exams saying they are unnecessary.

"I must admit I have been excited to see one presidential candidate saying that he will abolish Standard Eight examinations. This is the sort of thinking that I always engage in," said Mutula.

Children must have a continuous system of education all the way to Form Four with grade system, he said. "It is far better if we were to move all our children from Early Childhood all the way to Form Four to give them a better chance in life than having some of them drop out at Standard Eight," he said.

He noted that the KCPE certificates are not adequate protection for modern economy. He said they cannot be used for anything, not even employment.

He said the education sector shall adopt a policy where curriculum will be reformed across all levels of basic education with emphasis shifting from objective based to competency based.

He said that the policy will also reform examinations across all level of basic education to make it more competency based.

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