If the recommendations made by the presidential task group on education are accepted and put into action, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will change its name to reflect the CBC curriculum.
KNEC is set to change its name to Kenya National Assessment Council (KNAC)
The working group further advised that the selection of subjects should be revised, with the Ministry of Education being encouraged to decrease the number of subjects for students in Junior Secondary School.
In the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), Junior Secondary School (JSS) encompasses Grades 7, 8, and 9. After completing JSS, students move on to Senior Secondary School (Grades 10, 11, and 12).
Unlike the 8-4-4 system, where students’ examination results are used to determine their advancement to the next level, the CBC implements a continuous assessment-based system.
The shift aims to eliminate the intense competition often associated with national examinations like the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Regarding the separation of powers between the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the team recommends eliminating the duplication of duties carried out by Quality Assurance and Standards officers.
These officers are currently deployed by both the ministry and TSC, which has led to conflicting directives being issued at the county level, where both entities are present.
The task force proposes that quality assurance be centralized within the ministry, granting it exclusive authority to oversee functions in all basic education institutions.
By domiciling this responsibility at the ministry, the aim is to resolve the disagreements and establish a unified approach to quality assurance in the education sector.
The task force has also put forward significant reforms in the management of public universities, as many of them face potential insolvency and are burdened with substantial debts amounting to tens of billions of shillings.
One notable recommendation is the merger of three independent institutions, the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), and Universities Fund Board.
The task force proposes consolidating these entities into a single organization that will assume all the roles and responsibilities previously carried out by the three separate institutions.
The consolidation aims to streamline and optimize the functions related to higher education, creating a more efficient and effective system. By merging these entities, the task force seeks to address the financial challenges faced by public universities and enhance their overall management.