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Kenya 8-4-4 Education system review team unveiled

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Nairobi (Alshahid) -A team to review the 8-4-4 education system was launched on Wednesday.

The 35-member taskforce will assess the implications of the new Constitution on education and determine the content to be taught in schools.

Unveiling the team at the Kenya Institute of Education, Nairobi, Education minister Sam Ongeri said the entire structure of the system, from kindergarten to university, would be reviewed.

“The taskforce is to look into broad areas of education structure, management, policy framework and curriculum,” he said.

It will also refer to previous education policies, study these in relation to emerging issues and conduct discussions with county residents.

The team, under the chairmanship of chemistry scholar Douglas Odhiambo, a former Moi University vice-chancellor, will draw up a comprehensive report and propose a Bill to be forwarded to Parliament for debate.

The taskforce, which has six months to work, is expected to deliver a report that will be the basis for an education Bill to be presented in Parliament.

Others in the team are Dr Peter Keiyioro, an ICT specialist (vice chairperson), Sunday Nation columnist Philip Ochieng’ and Ms Njoki Ndung’u, a former member of the Committee of Experts on constitutional review.

Also in the task force are Kenya Secondary Schools Association chairman Cleopas Tirop and university lecturers Wangari Mwai and Bernard Murumbi.

The taskforce has drawn representatives from higher learning institutions, secondary school heads association, Education ministry and State Law Office. Others are from the national parents associations, NGOs, and religious groups.

Its recommendations are expected to help stem some of the recurrent problems facing the education sector. They include poor quality, where institutions have been accused of teaching what is not needed, lack of access to education by the poor, cultural barriers to equal education opportunities and conflicts between the public and the private sector.

The Education ministry last month announced an affirmative action in the selection of Form One students to national schools by giving priority to pupils from public schools.

Although private schools protested, Prof Ongeri on Wednesday maintained “it was the only way to give equal opportunities to everyone.”

Last week, the ministry confirmed that it had embarked on syllabus changes by introducing content on dual citizenship, new constitutional commissions as well as county governments.(DN)

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  1. avatar Henry Kamala says:

    Mu analysis of the 8-4-4 system is as follows
    – To the Students – heavy bags filled with text books
    – few hours of sleep
    – limited time for games / exercises
    – no chance to really determine potential

    – To parents – Heavy burden on school text books
    – Reduced time to bond with kinds
    – Increased stress
    – Publishers&Cahoots – opportunity to make a kill

    Kids in as low a class as standard 1 have more than 3 text books per subject, and text books are ever changing within shot periods; one wonders what became of KIE? what happened to the days when you would have a book covering the whole syllabus – introduction to biology by Mackean (spl) covered form 1 to 4 I think?

    When one joined “A” levels after fourth form, there was a positive psychological transformation, which subsequently equipped one as the subsequently joined university or embarked on other carriers.

    My thoughts are that we revert back to the old “A” level system, with a modification of continuous assessment culminating in main exams at 4th and 6th forms. Continuous assessment enables one to determine more precisely there strengths/interests.


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