Timbila High School
Below is a report from Madam Kelly about a workshop she and two other teachers from Kileva Primary attended to review the changes being made in the Kenyan School Curriculum.
Following that is a second report from Margaret outlining the key changes to the curriculum.
Workshop to review the new curriculum
Last week teachers from Grades 1 to 3 at Kileva Primary attended a workshop at Mwakingali Primary school to discuss changes in the school curriculum in Kenya . it’s all about finding out what has been happening in school and the challenges both teachers and pupils are facing in concern to the new curriculum.
Teachers present from Kileva Primary were
- Madam Alice
- Madam Agnes Nyange
- Madam Kelly
We were put into groups preparing strands, and sub strands. Madam Alice, the Kileva Deputy Head, led a group of six members from grade 3.
Competence Based Curriculum
I’m glad to inform you that this year there is a change of curriculum from Nursery school to higher levels of learning in Kenya. We are used to the 3-8-4-4 system, which is 3years nursery, 8 years in primary, 4 years in secondary and university. Now we have a 2-6-3-3 system, ie
- 2 years Nursery, or ECDE (Early Childhood Development in Education)
- 6 years Primary
- 3 years in Lower Primary (grade 1-3)
- 3 years in Upper Primary
- 3 years Secondary
- 3 years University
For ECDE we have PP1 and PP2 in place of KG1 and KG2 respectively (PP means Pre-Primary). To join PP1 a child must be 4 years old, and PP2 5years old. For Class 1 (which is now called Grade1) a child must attain 6 years. For the moment we have Grade 1 and Grade2; the rest will follow as time goes by.
The new curriculum is age and competence based. There are a lot of changes which are to some extent very costly. For example the kids are required to buy their own files, playing items, colours. They are also required to go for so many trips eg swimming. It’s all about nurturing different talents of the kids. In this case less time is put for class work, as it’s mostly handwork. To some extent it’s a good thing because it makes learners get exposure, and they enjoy what they love doing most.
There’s a lot of paperwork as the teacher has to prepare each child report, rubrics and portfolio. All this is to help come up with a child’s final achievement to enable him or her secure for her better life. It also enables a child be independent and to realise life isn’t all about white collars jobs. It enables a kid to know their God. In short it caters for everything making an individual be a better person in the society.
Learning is a little bit delayed from Nursery to Grade 2 because we are still waiting for the curriculum designs and activity/text books from the ministry of education. No more repetition in schools. It is 100% transition. In the olden days, children were forced to repeat classes when they do not perform well but with new curriculum, nothing of the sort.