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Teachers’ training on new curriculum kicks off

Seth Onyango @SethManex

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) will today begin training teachers in readiness for implementation of the new curriculum in January. The five-day induction will be conducted countrywide and aims to equip primary school teachers with necessary skills to implement the Early Years Education curriculum.

“The induction focuses on the competency based curriculum, interpretation of the curriculum designs, special needs education and integration of ICT in teaching and learning,” said in a statement to newsrooms.

KICD will first implement the new school system in pre-primary and lower primary schools and progress gradually to subsequent levels of education. According to the institute, this will ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary schools.

The successful pilot was carried out to test the feasibility and validity of the planned curriculum designs, teacher-preparation and assessment models.

The new system has been categorised into three phases, Early Years Education covering nursery education to Grade 3, Middle School Education covering Grade 4 to Grade 9 and Senior School covering grades 10 to 12. Principals and head teachers have already undergone induction training on Competency Based Curriculum in preparation.

The new curriculum places emphasis on Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) over final exams. It will be rolled out covering nursery, Standard One, Two and Three. In 2019, the system is expected to be rolled out in Standard Four to six and in 2020 it will cover Standard Seven, Eight and Form One.

In 2021, the system will be extended to Form Two only and in the following year it will cover Form Three. In 2023, it will be rolled out in Form Four. According to a National Basic Education Curriculum Framework (NBECF) implementation plan developed by KICD, the last Standard Eight candidates to sit Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will be in 2019, while the last Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam will be written in 2022.

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