Things will not be the same anymore as CS fred matiangi has hinted that KCPE and KCSE could be scrapped anytime from now as new curriculum is almost ready. The National exams which have been used to determine the fate of student has been filled with widespread cheating. This would abolish the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations, whose trademark has been cutthroat competition among schools and learners.
A proposal to introduce a competency-based assessment is a pointer to a shift in policy that could do away with the exams. The two examinations currently hold the key to good secondary and university education. The radical proposals will see to it that learners’ focus will be on application of skills and knowledge in real life rather than knowing answers. A brief by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) says the current primary school curriculum is overloaded with too many subjects, leading to ‘non-mastery of foundational skills of literacy, numeracy and life skills’.
“The reforms aim at de-congesting the primary level curriculum to create more time for more holistic development of the learners. The upper primary school level shall be designed to provide opportunity for self-exploration to start identifying potential,” said Matiangi
“The Kenya Universities Colleges Placement Service will also admit students to public universities and colleges bases on the average grade of a student’s four years in secondary school,” reads the bill.
CS said that is its not him who determined the same but various policy makers and stakeholders.
The paper also recommends the development of competency-based curriculum, establishment of a national learning assessment system, early identification and nurturing of talents, introduction of national values and learning pathways at secondary school level.
We now ask our readers, does such move stop exam malpractice and be effective toward nurturing talents ???