The government is ready to roll out the new education curriculum starting next year, Kenya Insitute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has said.

Speaking during the 42nd Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association conference at Wild Waters center in Mombasa, the institute’s chief executive Julius Jwan said the programme will first target the lower primary early next year if the ongoing piloting succeeds.

“As we roll it out in 2018, we will be able to do the same for the upper primary and in 2019 we should be able to roll out grade four and six.

“The good thing is that the head teachers of these schools have already been trained,” said Jwan.

He said 2,000 teachers have already completed the second phase of training of the new 2-6-3-3 education system set to replace the current 8-4-4 system.

Jwan said learning content for grade seven to nine will be developed later.

“And as that goes on we will be developing designs and contents for grade seven to nine and be able to roll it out in 2020.”

The new Grade 1 to Grade 12 system will also see learners examined through continuous assessment tests as opposed to a single national examination.

Dr Jwan said the review of the 8-4-4 system was long overdue and the proposed course of study focuses more on competence so that learners can be critical thinkers.