Plan well for 8-4-4 to CBC transition

A teacher instructing Grade One pupils.

On August 16, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that pupils will not sit an examination on completion of Grade Six and, therefore, they will automatically transition to Junior Secondary 1 under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

He also said that Junior Secondary 1, 2 and 3 will be domiciled in the secondary school tier of the system.

That is exciting. It will lead to the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goal on provision of a 12-year basic education for every child in Kenya.

It also marks the beginning of a 10-year journey of transition from the 8-4-4 system of education to the CBC.


There will be anxieties, triumphs and financial and non-financial issues during this transition period. Let us consider a few of these.


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