CBC New Kenya Education System

As the world changes, many sectors have taken new dimensions altogether. In Kenya for example, the education system has greatly changed of late! Kenya’s system of education is now quite new but equally challenging for parents across the country. St Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage is approved to offer the primary level (consisting of both pre-primary and primary levels) and Junior Secondary level meaning we are privileged to host up to Grade 9 Students.

Education is the central backbone of every society’s development, and Kenya has not been left behind.  CBC stands for Competency-Based Curriculum. This is the new education system in Kenya that is currently replacing the 8-4-4 education system which has served Kenya for 32 years. The current Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) under the 2-6-3-3 system of education in Kenya was first unveiled in 2017. This new curriculum is here to stay as it had been gradually introduced and is steadily replacing the 8-4-4 education cycle.

The 8-4-4 system consisted of:

  • 8 years in primary school
  • 4 years in secondary school
  • 4 years(minimum) in university education

The new education system CBC introduced in 2017 with a 2-6-3-3-3 system consisting of:

  • 2 years in pre-primary education
  • 6 years in primary education
  • 3 years in junior secondary education
  • 3 years in senior secondary education
  • 3 years(minimum) in university education

Before joining lower primary, children are expected to complete their pre-primary education which starts at the age of 4.

This noble academic venture is expected to build a new generation of industry innovators and career entrepreneurs by tapping the potential abilities of our young scholars. Kenya is set to secure a new slot in the industrial sector. If for instance a child’s potential is discovered, then this program will be posed in developing that child’s career in the future.

This article gives a definitive guide on the new Competency Based Curriculum cycle that learners under its care will transition to reach their careers. The competency-based curriculum (CBC) is used in Kenya to deliver learning and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of learners. Under this system, each learner’s progress is monitored over a period of 2-6-3-3-3 years, evenly divided into major levels of education.

What it takes for a School to Host Junior Secondary

The Education Ministry had released stringent requirements that were to be met for schools to be allowed to host junior secondary sections. It considered the enrollment of students, the availability of facilities, and security to determine which schools will host junior secondary schools.

Teachers who will teach Grades 7, 8, and 9, must have a minimum of a Diploma or a Degree certificate. The JSE learners will have distinct uniforms to distinguish them from their primary school counterparts meaning learners transitioning to Grade 7 will be required to wear a different color or type of uniform that will differentiate them from pupils in primary school. Hence, our junior secondary uniforms are made of black, white, and red as shown in the photos.