There will no longer be national examinations in primary schools, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday.
President Kenyatta at the same time said that grades 7, 8 and 9 which are equivalent to classes 7, 8 and Form One in the current 8-4-4 system, will be domiciled in secondary school as Junior High.
“The task force has recommended that grade 7,8 and 9 should now be domiciled in our secondary schools, this has also been contained in the task force report that there will be no examinations in Standard 6 and we shall ensure that we have 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
Speaking during the third National Conference on Curriculum Reforms at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, the President said the new changes in the education sector will help Kenyan children.
“We are embarking on a process that will have a lot of challenges but one that will rest Kenya’s growth trajectory,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
“We need to use our education system to prepare our children to be the next Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.”
While reiterating the government’s commitment to education reforms and in ensuring the success of the new curriculum, President Kenyatta urged the Ministry of Education and the Teacher Service Commission to ensure that the teachers training is completed and all instructional materials are available in schools by January 2020.
The Head of State further called on all education stakeholders to stop the wrangles surrounding the CBC saying challenges will be there and the only way to overcome them is through working together.
“I appreciate especially for teachers that these initial times will be trying for you but I believe the role you have played in the past to our children and the commitment you have had for the children of Kenya will give you the inspiration that the effort you have put in the past does not go to waste,” he said.