New textbooks and re-training of teachers needed with the introduction of 2-6-3-3-3 educational system

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At the start of the year it was announced that there were plans to revive the old East African system, replacing the existing 8-4-4 national syllabus in Kenya.

The introduction of the new system will see for less examination oriented decision making and a greater diversity in assessment of students’ performance.

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Questions rise as people consider the impact of the implementation of the new system, such as the cost or necessity of new school textbooks.

Mr Calysto Asembo, science teacher at Kisumu girls says: “new textbooks are not necessary…because the facts are the same”.

He emphasises that the power lies in the style of teaching not just the books being provided.

“[Teachers] re-training is needed…some refresher courses are needed”.

Miss Jane of Makutano Primary in Pokot County says: “a refresher course is not bad.”

Phanice Ondara, of Oxford University press, says that if the change in national school system means republishing new books, they are prepared for it.

She says: “we are really very ready for it.”

Ms Ondara also says that she believes the change in school system will be for the better, and will have a positive impact on printing press.

The change in curriculum could not only mean new textbooks, but re-training or refresher courses for teachers as well.

Miss Jane, of Makutano primary school in Pokot County says that system restructuring needs to happen for faculty members too, and one should encourage the promotion of teachers as part of the system change.

She suggests that it would make teachers more motivated, and less frustrated in their job.

Debates over what should be included in the new national syllabus continue.

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