Confirmed: Secondary schools to Retain Their Status under CBC
Secondary schools will retain their status as national, extra-county, county and subcounty under the new curriculum. The criterion on how the Education ministry will place the CBC learners to secondary school however still remains unknown.
The confirmation that schools will retain their status has raised concern over the possibility of a learner’s merit in primary school determining which secondary school they will join.
According to the Kenya Parents Association chairman Nicholas, this will raise concern over the possible return of competition, to secure slots in top national schools under the new curriculum.
The Principal Secretary of the new State Department for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms within the Education ministry, Fatuma Chege however downplayed this possibility noting that the categorisation of schools is not related to the learners’ outcome.
Chege said the focus is to ensure that children will transit to schools well equipped to ensure they meet their educational requirements in junior secondary school.
“The label of national schools, extra-county, county, subcounty will not define the quality of education, it is what happens inside a school and inside a class space.
“That label will not commit any miracle, it is what happens in the classroom, what happens in the school environment.
“We must put our focus in what goes on inside a classroom and inside the school. That is what will deliver the child in whatever system in the world,” the PS said.
Kenya National Examination Council chief executive David Njegere backed up the argument noting that the purpose of the formative assessment is not to rank the children.
“It’s not to say which child is better than the other one, it is simply to find out where is every child and what intervention do we need to put in place to make sure children can catch up,” Njegere said.
The pioneer class of the new curriculum will be transiting to junior secondary school in 2023.
Currently, they are in Grade 5 and will be in Grade 6 and the final stage of their primary school next year.
Under the new curriculum, the transition from Grade 6 to secondary school will be based on a hybrid model involving a combination of CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques) and KNEC tests.