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New education system must equip children for the future

The school year is coming to an end and many pupils sat Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) final exams with Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) ongoing.
But how many of them will be well-equipped for an unpredictable future?
Many education pundits have highlighted the need for schools to strike a better balance between preparing pupils to pass exams and providing a holistic education that they can carry for life.
The current Kenyan education system, like many other education systems, is reliant on end-of-school exams to determine student success.
And so, instead of viewing education as an end in itself, students study mainly to get decent exam results and move to the next level.
The disadvantage of such a mentality is that many students– even those who perform well in exams – may not be ready to face life’s practical challenges.
And the subjects they were made to learn because of the fixed curriculum may seem useless after graduation.
It is pleasing to note that the education system currently being piloted will introduce “Competency Based Learning” instead of the subject-based education system.
The system when finally implemented is expected to train students to think critically and practically, which is essential to preparing them for life and employment after school.
Our education system is robust and, thus, we still have the opportunity to break through and innovate for a better future.

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