NEW CURRICULUM SET FOR JANUARY, AS OVER 230,000 TO MISS FORM SLOTS.

Come January 2016, the country's education system is expected to undergo some very radical curriculum review.

Among the changes expected include laying emphasis on critical thinking and development of learners’ potential in and outside class as well as diminish the place of examinations as a mark of achievement in school.

This announcement was made by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i Wednesday when announcing the results of the 2015 KCPE.

This is aimed at nurturing every  aspect of the learner’s potential by addressing key issues such as ethical values, equity, diversity, equality opportunity and excellence for all learners.

The exercise to review the curriculum will end in 2018 and might result in a new system to replace 8-4-4 which was introduced in 1985.

Meanwhile, more than 230,000 out of 927,789 candidates who sat for the KCPE this year will miss places in secondary schools. 

This is after the revelations that only 693,946 candidates can be absorbed into Form one in the selection that starts on January 21. These candidates will be expected to join youth polytechnics.

The 103 national schools can take 20,291 students, special needs education 996, extra counties school 66,497, counties 128,049, sub-county 434,048, and private schools 44,078.

Only 7,560 students got more than 400 marks in the 2015 KCPE with 201,986 students attaining marks between 301 and 400.

Some 499,568 scored between 201 and 300, 215, 614 from 101 to 200 marks and 3,061 less than 100 points.

Private schools performed better than public ones. The mean score for public schools dropped from 187.58 the previous year to 180.87 as those of private schools improved from 229.94 in 2014 to 230.14.
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