Matiang’i faces Parliament’s education committee over exam cheating

Matiang’i faces Parliament’s education committee over exam cheating
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i. Photo/Courtesy

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is currently appearing before the National Assembly Education Committee just days after it emerged that top Kenya National Examinations Council officials and teachers leaked last year’s national exams.

The media has been locked out of the meeting at County Hall due sensitivity of the issue that has rocked the education sector.

Last week, Matiangi disbanded the KNEC board and appointed former University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof George Magoha to chair the board with the aim of re organizing the examination body.

Also expected to feature at the meeting will be the proposed change of the 8-4-4 education curriculum, which will be determined in Wednesday’s National Educational Conference.

The 8-4-4 education system could undergo a complete overhaul following radical new proposals that shift the focus from mere academics to the nation’s needs and the career growth of students.

More than 500 experts are expected to meet in Nairobi on Wednesday to discuss the proposals that will see the introduction of a new 2-6-6-3 system of education.

Experts have lauded the proposed plan to replace the 8-4-4 system of education with a new system aimed at arming students with life skills from an early age.

They have however warned against rushed implementation of the new 2-6-6-3 system, which is projected to cost billions of shillings to implement.

Esther Kahumbi contributed to this report

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