To phase in the Competence-based curriculum, the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms is considering a 2-6-2-4-3 system of education (CBC).
That would mean abandoning the 2-6-3-3-3 system put in place by outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
As suggested by the work force’s first recommendations, the proposed system would have students spend two years in pre-primary education, six in primary school, and two in junior secondary school (JSS).
Then, they would spend four years in secondary school, followed by three in a college or university.
Students who complete sixth grade would enter the junior high school equivalent of Standard Seven at their respective elementary schools.
From what we’ve heard, the task committee is also planning to suggest a new uniform for students in grades seven and eight.
KEPSHA, the Kenya Primary School Heads Association, told The Standard that students would feel more confident in themselves if they wore uniforms since it would set them apart from their peers.
Students will take their final exams in preparation for entry into high schools after they have completed Standard Eight.
This would be a step toward resolving the question of where to locate the junior high school.
It would be a change from the 2-6-3-3-3 model previously proposed, in which students would spend three years in middle school after finishing sixth grade.
Those proposals surfaced in the midst of a debate about where sixth graders would spend their junior high years.
Teachers from different grade levels began arguing over the issue.
Junior secondary schools (JSS) were supported by primary school teachers’ representatives and post-primary teachers’ representatives both advocated for JSSs to be located in secondary schools.
As a first step, the CBC working group will present its preliminary findings to President William Ruto.
In keeping with President Ruto’s promise to guarantee the efficacy and affordability of the new curriculum, the Raphael Munavu-led committee was entrusted with gathering feedback from relevant stakeholders evaluating the viability of CBC.