Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has formed a 17-member taskforce to drive the transition from 8-4-4 to 2-6-3-3 education system.The team will be led by Prof Fatuma Chege who is Kenyatta University’s deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration Fatuma Chege.
The taskforce will explore ways of enhancing access, relevance, equity and quality for effective implementation of the new curriculum.
In a notice published in the Kenya Gazette, Prof Magoha asked the taskforce to undertake a broad stakeholder engagement and identify international best practices with a view of preparing the country for the transition to the new education system.
Under the new system, elementary education is divided into two; pre-primary and primary education, taking two and six years respectively.
Pupils will then advance to a three-year junior secondary school before joining the senior secondary level for another three years where they will focus on their areas of specialisation depending on their abilities and interests.
After the senior secondary stage, students will either enroll at vocational training centres or pursue university education.
There has been debate on the fate of junior secondary education with raging debate on whether it will be anchored in primary or secondary schools in the ongoing implementation of the new curriculum.
But in the gazette notice, Prof Magoha seemed to suggest that the government is keen to have junior secondary education managed under the basic education regime.
Consequently, one of the terms of the reference for the task force will be to explore ways in which Grade 7, 8, and 9; which constitute Junior secondary under the new system, will fit in the basic education structure.