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Graceland Schools to start fully offering KICD-approved coding lessons

Graceland Schools Nyahururu will start offering Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) approved coding lessons for all grades, starting January 2023. This makes it the first private school in Kenya to comprehensively implement such a coding curriculum.

“We are thrilled to be leading the way in Kenya’s education system by fully embracing the importance of digital literacy and coding in the 21st century. Our students will now have the opportunity to acquire valuable skills that will prepare them for success in today’s rapidly-changing world,” school director Grace Mwaura said in a statement.

The Director said Kenya has set the pace for Africa by becoming the first country in the continent to approve a coding curriculum for its Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) Education System.

He said one of the pillars of the CBC is Digital Literacy, and the inclusion of coding as a core in science and technology studies will ensure that Kenyan Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the digital age.

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Kenya has taken a pioneering role in Africa by becoming the first country on the continent to approve a coding curriculum for its CBC education system.

“We are committed to providing our students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for the future, and the full deployment of KICD-approved coding lessons is just one way in which the school is fulfilling this commitment,” she said.

He added that they look forward to seeing the positive impact that these lessons will have on their students as they continue to grow and develop their skills.

Last year, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) said it will establish mechanisms to assess coding syllabus for primary and secondary schools once they officially receive them from the curriculum developer.

KNEC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), David Njengere said that the examining body has an obligation of assessing all curricula developed by KICD and coding has already been approved.

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He said the bulk of the work is with KICD to ensure the curriculum is submitted to KNEC so that it can prepare for assessment.

“As soon as we receive it from KICD, we will put a mechanism in place to ensure the curriculum is assessed and this is going to be done in a way that it will not disadvantage any child,” Njengere said.

He made the remarks during a symposium in Nairobi, organized by the Kenya Association of International Schools (KAIS) and Kodris Africa, which has developed the platform for coding syllabus.

Kodris Africa CEO, Mugumo Munene said they are introducing curriculum materials to international schools so that they can consider it as part of what they deliver in schools when teaching coding.

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“The curriculum we have developed is not for one segment of schools or the other, it is deployable to an international school environment, private or even a public school,” Munene explained.

On certification, Munene said they are looking at two perspectives where an exam body like KNEC and also working with the industry to see whether they can give certification of certain levels to those who graduate from high school.

“The question of certification is important to any school or parent in terms of if we study, what happens next. We are looking at it from two perspectives, one of them is certification by an exam body like KNEC and we are delighted by its remarks that they are looking forward to assessing this material and establishing a system through which this can be examined,” Munene said.

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