Primary and secondary students may no longer need to sit national exams if technocrats working on the review get their way with newly formed proposals.

If the proposals go through KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) and KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education would be abolished and put an end to these exams whose defining factor has always been cut throat competition.

The proposal intends to introduce a competency-based assessment, which 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. These 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 foundation skills of literacy, numeracy and life skills.

Only age-appropriate content shall be taught in primary schools and career pathways introduced at secondary level in a radical review that seeks to shift the emphasis on national examinations. This means that the heavy books pupils carry to school and the numerous subjects taught in secondary schools would be trimmed, as the new curriculum is tailored to fit the needs of learners.

Source; The Standard

Oyaro Clinton