15 May 2019

Kenya: Magoha Seeks Advice on Study Years Under New Curriculum

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has formed a taskforce to advise him on the number of years learners will spend in primary and secondary school under the new curriculum.

This comes after training on the new competency-based curriculum, following the rollout of the 2-6-3-3-3 system to replace the 8-4-4 system.

There was a proposal to increase the number of years one spends in primary school to nine and reduce the number of secondary school years to three.

Under the proposal, junior secondary grades - 7 to 9 - are to be under the primary section, with learners in these grades (the current form one) being taught by primary school teachers.

This would leave the secondary section with only Grade 10, 11 and 12.

CONSULTATIONS

However, Prof Magoha noted on Wednesday that he will not allow learners to spend more years in primary school.

"We are still engaging [parties] on where to place Grade 7, 8 and 9," he said.

Prof Magoha said any decision that will be made will be in the interest of learners.

He spoke at the Kenya Institute of curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, where he launched the National Curriculum Policy.

MORE CLASSES

Prof Magoha further said the government will ready itself to reduce capitation to universities in order to fund construction of two additional classes to cater for students in lower secondary.

"The government has not said it has no money to keep students in secondary schools," he said.

Budget estimates presented in Parliament by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich indicate that starting July, schools will get Sh1.5 billion for infrastructure development while Sh2.4 will be for the new curriculum and the digital literacy programme.

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