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Changes in the Kenyan School Curriculum

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.

Best wishes,

Cliff


 

Workshop to review the new curriculum

Report by
Madam Kelly

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

Report by
Margaret Kiriro

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.

Margaret Continues University Course

Back in June (click HERE for details) I mentioned that Margaret had been begun a Bachelor of Education course at the Pwani University in Kilifi. Last month she began her second session on the course, and below is a note plus some pictures regarding how she’s getting on.

Best wishes

Cliff


From: Margaret Samba
Pwani University, Kilifi
September 2015Hi CliffLife started so well in the August session at Pwani University when we registered for all the same units we started in April, namely:

  • Social interaction
  • Child growth and development
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • HIV/Aids
  • Introduction to computers
  • Communication Skills

However a week after starting the course I had malaria which brought me a lot of troubles, struggling to learn while I was sick. I got medication but I did not feel better. I have serious head ache. In the third week we had CATs (Continuous Assessment Tests) to mark the end of the session then finally we do the exams at December. Thank God am getting better now.

The two ladies in the following picture are my colleagues from work and at the same time college mates. The first lady is Faith and the other one is Elizabeth.

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Other ‘photos of me and the university buildings are given below.

Best wishes

Margaret

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