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Experts meet to discuss scrapping of 8-4-4 system

30 March 2016, 13:03

Nairobi – Curriculum development experts are set to meet in Nairobi on Wednesday to discuss replacing the current 8-4-4 education system to a 2-6-3-3-3 system.

According to Capital FM over 500 experts will meet at Kenyatta International Conference Centre to assess the proposed Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KISD).

The main concer that will be discussed is the issue of how the current curriculum does not equip learners to adapt to the fast changing job and career environment once done with their studies.

The intention is for learners to undergo 14 years of basic education; two years in pre-primary level, six years in lower and upper primary and six years in junior and senior secondary.

They will then go for higher education for three years in which learners will take a minimum of two years of middle level colleges and three years minimum university education.

The first 14 years regarded as basic will be free and compulsory.

There is a concern that the current system doesn’t force learners to think and apply instead promotes cheating.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i has said that all counties except Isiolo cheated in the 2015 KCSE exams.

While releasing the exam results at Mitihani House, Matiang’i said that results of over 5 000 students were cancelled due to irregularities.

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