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KES supports education in Kenya, by providing scholarships to significantly disadvantaged bright, pupils to be boarding students at Bahati Division Academy (BDA) and other Kenyan schools; and by contributing to resources and facilities for BDA which will assist the education of these students.

Friday, 16 June 2017

New Kenya school system pilot starts today

The pilot of a new school system begins today across the country, involving a selection of 470 schools.

The current system of 8-4-4 years (8 years of primary, 4 secondary and 4 university) has come under increasing criticism of being too exam based. The new proposed system will radically change to become 2-6-3-3 and understandably has large implications for the whole education system.

The Primary curriculum is also being changed with the aim to have continuous class-based monitoring and assessment instead of the current national examination at the end of the eighth year - the Kenya Certificated of Primary Education (KCPE).

The new structure was only agreed at the end of January and has already come under a lot of scrutiny and questioning whether four months is enough time for teachers to be retrained and the system given a fair chance to roll out successfully. We'll be keeping our eyes out for interim results and update on progress when we can.

To find out some more, have a look at the following links that set out the key differences and political challenges.

Daily Nation article from 22 January 2017 after the new system was agreed
Digital Standard article from 31 January 2017 after the new system was agreed
Daily Nation article from 27 May 2017 detailing the start of the pilot

Primary class at our link school BDA