By Mbarak Abucheri:
National conference for Muslim scholars and educationists has been slated to be held in Nairobi on May 25 to deliberate on the curriculum reforms initiated by the government through the Ministry of Education,Science and Technology.
The one day conference organized by the Muslim Education Council (MEC) will be held at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
The conference is expected to bring together a wide spectrum of Muslim scholars, educationists and opinion leaders from across the 47 counties in the country.
The main objective of the conference is to disseminate the findings of the Curriculum Reforms Needs Assessment Study and to create awareness among Muslims on the curriculum reforms process and also seek for their views and inputs towards the success of the process..
According to Muslim Education Council executive director Munawar Khan officials from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will also feature in the conference to be graced by education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i.
Munawar further disclosed that over 300 participants mainly Muslim scholars, education stakeholders and opinion leaders are expected to attend the conference
However the executive director appealed to Muslim education stakeholders to send their views and input to MEC’s office before the conference so as to make comprehensive presentation.
”We are the major stakeholders and the council will see to it that the interests of Muslims will be catered for,”said Munawar .
Muslim Education Council is the body mandated to promote Muslim interests in the education sector in the country and it feature in the National Steering Committee on Curriculum Reforms inaugurated by education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i last month.
The Muslim community representatives at the National Steering Committee on Curriculum Reforms are Muslim Education Council (MEC) executive director Munawar Khan and Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Secretary General Adan Wachu.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology began the process of curriculum reforms to ensure provision of relevant and quality education and training at all levels of education in line with the requirements of the constitution and Vision 2030.
The proposed curriculum seeks to do away with the current 8-4-4 curriculum and replace it with 2-6-3-3 system of education which comprises of two years of pre-primary education, six years of primary (three years at lower and three years at upper primary),six years secondary education which will be separated into junior and senior secondary education of three years each and a minimum three years study at university.
The roll plan for the proposed curriculum structure will be done in phases and if adopted, the last Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates will be examined in 2018 while the last Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will be conducted in 2021.