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.