(Xinhua) -- The Kenyan ministry of education
has embarked on comprehensive overhaul of school
curriculum to make it relevant to evolving needs of the
society and markets, officials said on Thursday
Cabinet Secretary for education Fred
Matiangi said the new curriculum that will be piloted in 470
primary schools later this year will lay emphasis on technical
and soft skills that a learner requires to survive in a highly
competitive job market.
“We have already set up structures
after receiving funding from the treasury to hasten reforms in
the current schools’ curriculum. These reforms are key to boost
human resources capacity in the country,” Matiangi told a forum
The minister added that Kenya has
borrowed international best practices to accelerate reforms in
the education sector and make it responsive to the needs of the
“The new curriculum at all levels of
learning starting from primary, secondary and tertiary
institutions should also focus on development of 21st
century skills like ICT,” said Matiangi.
He added the reformed curriculum will
focus on development of technical skills, innovation, sports and
soft skills that will help the youth cope with life’s
“We need to pay special attention to
skills that can enable our youth fit in the job market.
Vocational training, extra-curricular activities like
sports, music and arts are critical to solve endemic
joblessness,” Matiangi said.
Stakeholders in Kenya’s education
sector have endorsed a roadmap to guide implementation of
curriculum reforms from 2018 to 2023.
The Director, Kenya Institute of
Curriculum Development (KICD), Dr Julius Jwan said competence
based learning as opposed to passing of one off examinations
will be the hallmark of new school curriculum.
“For the first time, Kenya will be
experimenting with an education system that is not
examinations oriented but rather endeavor to help a child
acquire foundational skills like numeracy, literacy,
creativity and sporting prowess,” said Jwan.
He disclosed that training of teachers
who will be in charge of implementing the new schools curriculum
has already begun.