Standard Eight and Form Four national examinations could soon be scrapped if the recommendations of a Task Force set up to review the education system are adopted. The exams whose hallmark has been cutthroat competition among schools, and which hold the key to good secondary places and lucrative university courses, might be replaced with a list of assessment tests spread across the learning system.Education Minister Sam Ongeri set up the Task Force chaired by renowned scholar and former Moi University Vice-Chancellor Douglas Odhiambo in February. Its mandate was to recommend ways to realign the education system with the new Constitution and to also help Kenya achieve the broad-based and accessible education programme promised by the new laws.
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