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Fate of KCPE and Boarding to be known as Uhuru Launches Report

The burden on parents of managing their children who are attending school will be laid bare today as there is an impending release of a report recommending an end to boarding schools.

Preliminary findings of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) task-force reveal a proposal that all children joining Junior Secondary schools to be day-scholars.

According to the proposals, all pupils and students will be required to join secondary schools that are within a 5-kilometer radius. This shall guarantee more time for parents with their children.

Sources from the team set up by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said that the recommendation was brought up to increase parental engagement in the discipline of children.

The members of the team revealed that the proposal was floated to stem the increase in cases of indiscipline in schools. This even included the perennial school fires that destroy the properties of schools and put the lives of learners in danger.

President Uhuru is set to launch the report today.

If proposals of the report are not changed, boarding facilities will only be retained in picked Senior Secondary Schools to support pathways.

Parents have had mixed feelings about the proposals, with some parents questioning what happens to regions where schools are far away.

Competition for prestigious schools could start, as children are going to scramble to be admitted to nearby top schools.

Others also questioned the idea, saying that integration and cohesion among learners will suffer.

Whether the infrastructure in nearby schools will be adequate to accommodate the potentially huge numbers of learners have also been put forward as stakeholders mull over the new proposals.

It is clear that infrastructure in schools has not been improved in many schools especially primary schools that have been left unattended or unrepaired or even fenced for years.

In the new 2-6-3-3-3 system of education, learners shall spend two years in pre-primary education, six years in primary, three years in Junior Secondary, and three years in senior secondary schools.

Vocation training or university education will take only three years.

Reports show that the team that Kenyatta University Deputy Vice-Chancellor chairs, in charge of Administration, Fatuma Chege, proposed an end to examinations in primary school.

This means that the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education would be abolished.

Learners will now sit for school – based assessments which will be used to measure the understanding of the subject areas.

According to the recommendations of the team, the first national examination should be done at the end of Grade Nine i.e. Junior Secondary.

This examination shall be used to place learners in various pathways at Senior Secondary Schools. The Pathways in the new system of education include social science; arts and sports science; or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Another national examination shall be done when Senior Secondary education ends at Grade 12. It will be used to place learners in universities and colleges.

As the government launches the report today, the headache of learner’s transition from primary to secondary schools in the new curriculum will be revealed.

Part of this is how learners will be slotted in prime national and extra county schools which are the best schools around.

Reports reveal that top schools will be converted to support the new system of education. The sticking points are the logistical nightmare of placement criteria to be used to allocate learners to slots in secondary schools.

The team was gazetted in June last year and was tasked with undertaking a critical analysis of the national roll-out of the CBC.

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