The Presidential Working team on Education Reforms has recommended that the Ministry of Education establish a comprehensive school system managed as a single institution, encompassing Pre-Primary to Grade 9 levels, and integrating Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) within existing primary schools.
“The Ministry of Education should adopt a Comprehensive School system (PP1 — Grade 9) comprising Pre-Primary, Primary school, and Junior School, managed as one institution.” The report submitted to President Ruto on Tuesday states.
Furthermore, the reform suggests dropping the term “Secondary” from the current Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools. Instead, these institutions will be referred to as Pre-Primary Education, Primary Education, Junior School, and Senior School.
The Prof Munavu-led team proposed the adoption of a 2-6-3-3-3 Education Structure with 2 years Pre-Primary School; 6 years Primary School, 3 years Junior School (JS), 3 years Senior School (SS) and a minimum of 3 years at University.
As part of the reforms, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has been asked to provide career progression guidelines for teachers in comprehensive schools.
The guidelines will address recruitment, retention, development, training, and promotion, ensuring teachers meet the required standards.
They recommendations outline the skills and competencies necessary for professional advancement, thereby improving the career growth opportunities for teachers employed by the Commission.
TSC expressed the need for potential employees and current employed teachers to clearly understand the requirements to join the service and progress in their careers.
The reform called on TSC to provide guidelines on Alternative Provisions of Basic Education and Training.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will be given more responsibility of monitoring student achievement and reporting back to relevant stakeholders under the proposed framework.