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Private schools welcome new competency based curriculum

Private schools in Mombasa are now upbeat that the new education system that kicked off this month across the country will spur tremendous growth in the education sector.


This is despite many challenges expected to face the sector with the implementation of the new 2-6-3-3 curriculum.


A spot check in various Private schools across Mombasa however revealed a possibility that the system will face many challenges in terms of implementation as stakeholders complain of unpreparedness and inadequate education resources in various schools.


Kelvin Nyongesa, director of St. Kevin group of schools however welcomed the new curriculum dubbed National Basic Education Curriculum terming it the best education framework the country’ has ever had.


The academy is a private primary school that has recently opened a secondary wing with both boys and girls.


Mr. Nyongesa whose schools have featured among best performing private schools in the country says the government needs to provide education subsidies to the private schools in the country to enable them implement the system effectively.


The school director says the St Kevin is fast gaining reputation as being centre of excellence for education and training in Mombasa as it expands from primary to university education levels.


Mr. Nyongesa said teachers are being encouraged to identify and nurture special talents among the young learners as the school strives for learning activities that give students good opportunities to demonstrate their talents and potential early in life.


Two secondary student leaders Humble Blessing and Mercy Deya spoke of how the teaching staff is inspiring learners to strive for excellence.


The New curriculum will eventually replace the current 8-4-4 system that has served the country since 1985 to the new 2-6-3-3-3 system dubbed the competency based curriculum.


According to the Ministry of education, the system is being rolled out in Standard Four to six and in 2020 it will cover Standard Seven, Eight and Form One.


In 2021, the system will be extended to Form Two only and in the following year it will cover Form Three. In 2023, it will be rolled out in Form Four.


By Hussein Abdullahi

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