According to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development timelines, the last form four national exams will be in 2025.
KICD Director Julius Jwan informed the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) Conference in Mombasa Wednesday that, going by the present cycle, the 8-4-4 system will be phased out in the next seven years.
Mr Jwan gave an assurance to the school principals that teachers will be trained in the Early Years of Education — Pre-Primary 1 and 2 and Grades 1-3 — a few days before the new curriculum roll out.
He said this is the best way to ensure the ideas are fresh in their mind as the new curriculum cycle begins.
He also noted that the curriculum will not be rushed but executed in phases.
“Once we roll out the curriculum, we are not going to do training for people who teach in primary up to Form Four; we begin with the level that we are executing first, that is the pre- and lower primary,” clarified Dr Jwan.
The next phase will be continuous professional development programmes done by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) from next month.
“It is not rushed,” said Dr Jwan. “In 2019 we will go to the next level, which is Standard Four and Five. We shall do it slowly but sure. Come 2020, we roll out Standard Six.
He said that by the time they complete the current system, it will have taken seven years.
He added that they intended to do it professionally and that it is why the process will take seven years
He said the curriculum support materials being produced by private publishers are of very high quality.
“We have appraised them,” said Dr Jwan. “The government is investing money in improving infrastructure in our schools.
He appealed for support saying it has already taken 14 yrs to review the curriculum even though the international standards necessitates that it should be evaluated after every five years.
He also revealed that for the last three years, KICD has been working with experts and conferring with shareholders in the private and public sectors.
He added that this is the first time the curriculum has been developed by Kenyans.