KUPPET wants new curriculum launch delayed

KUPPET wants new curriculum launch delayed

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) now says teachers are not ready for the roll out of the new education curriculum meant to replace the current 8-4-4 system.

According to KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori, teachers across the country have not been fully trained to handle the new education curriculum that is set to be rolled out in 470 schools from January next year.

Misori has accused Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi of failing to take into consideration the training of enough teachers before roll out of the new curriculum.

In April, the government launched a pilot programme for the new 2-6-6-3 curriculum system of education that is expected to replace the 32-year-old 8-4-4 system.

The new 2-6-6-3 system proposes a practical framework that nurtures competencies of learners based on their passions and talents.

Children aged four and five are expected to spend two years in Pre-Primary School before transitioning to primary school.

The Lower Primary School will comprise of classes one to three where basic literacy, numeracy and environmental skills will be taught and where learners will be exposed to continuous evaluation rather than formal examinations.

In class three, a national examination is proposed to be administered for purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of the system.

In Upper Primary Level, grades four to six, learners will be exposed to subjects inclusive of creative arts, with pupils allowed to study an indigenous language or foreign such as Chinese, Arabic, French and German.

Grade six will be the final year in primary school but instead of administering a KCPE-like national test, learners will be evaluated continuously for purposes of assessing the education system.

Graduates of primary school will join junior secondary schools for three years between grades seven and nine.

Here, learners begin to specialise based on their interests and competencies with emphasis on career guidance.

Learners will also be continually assessed in a process that will account for 70 percent of the final grade.

The remaining 30 percent will be determined through a national test set by the Kenya National Examinations Council.

Grade nine graduates will then proceed to senior school where 60 percent of learners will be exposed to science, technical, engineering and mathematics fields.

Others will train in languages and humanities while the rest will focus on arts and sports science.

Senior school graduates, according to the proposed curriculum will be ready to either join the nation’s labour force or further their studies in universities and middle-level colleges.