The Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms has urged President William Ruto to eliminate the categorization of secondary schools.
According to their proposal released on Wednesday, June 7, the task force advised Ruto to abolish the classification of schools as national, extra county, county, and sub-county schools. Instead, under the Competency-Based Curriculum, the task force recommended that secondary schools be categorized based on the career pathway of learners.
This would allow students to choose schools based on the subjects offered and their desired careers.
Additionally, the Working Party, led by Prof. Raphael Munavu, suggested renaming the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to the Kenya National Assessment Council (KNAC).
The working party also suggested a shift in the choice of subjects, advocating for the Ministry of Education to reduce the number of subjects for Junior Secondary School students.
The party proposed a decrease in mandatory subjects and an increase in optional subjects, as well as urging the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to streamline the number of learning areas in Junior High Schools. Currently, students in Junior High School are required to study 14 subjects.
The Working Party also implored the Ministry of Education to align the Competency-Based Curriculum with the university learning systems more comprehensively.
As part of the proposed changes, they recommended limiting universities from offering diploma and certificate courses.
If these changes are approved by President William Ruto, the recruitment of Vice Chancellors and their deputies would be transferred from the Public Service Commission (PSC) to the University Council. The president would then confirm the appointments as advised by the councils.
The proposed reforms also included altering the election of student council leaders, extending the term from one year to two years.
Furthermore, the Working Party suggested that the appointment of nursery teachers be transferred from county governments to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
If approved, these changes would bring significant alterations to the education system, which had faced opposition from some stakeholders.