KNEC To Offer Coding Assessment To Over 120 Schools
The national examinations council will soon assess schools that offer coding classes.
Kenya National Examinations Council CEO David Njengere stated that the council is developing assessment tools.
He stated that KNEC is currently looking for a curriculum developer for the approved coding curriculum.
“Therefore as soon as the curriculum is submitted to us, we will put mechanisms in place to ensure the curriculum is assessed,” Njengere said.
The CEO spoke at the start of a collaboration between international schools and Kodris Africa.
More than 120 international schools participated in the collaboration.
Njengere stated that all students will benefit from access to digital devices for coding.
“This is going to be done in a way that will not disadvantage any child. The children will use the same devices for assessment,” he said.
However, outgoing ICT CS Joe Mucheru stated that only 22,000 schools have received digital devices.
Kenya Association of International Schools secretary general Jane Mwangi stated that the collaboration will improve the acquisition of digital skills.
She stated that most children in international schools will have access to digital devices.
“We resource labs and children have certain devices, there’s already infrastructure we just need to build on it,” Mwangi said.
Mugumo Munene, CEO of Kodris Africa, stated that the Kodris curriculum will be taught in all schools.
He claims it affects private, public, and international schools.
Munene believes that KNEC certification is essential for learners to be assessed in coding as a competency.
“We are also working with tech companies, on whether they can give certification to those who graduate high school,” he said.
Munene stated that the coding program will be piloted in 150 public schools prior to its official launch.
One hundred secondary schools will benefit, while the remaining 50 primary schools will.
The curriculum, which was approved in April by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, is divided into Grades and Forms.
The Kodris curriculum was developed in collaboration with education departments at internationally renowned universities.
Pearson, one of the world’s largest education companies, has also accredited it.
According to Munene, schools can have a package divided among the total number of students.
If an individual wants to get the coding package, they can pay Sh17,000 annually.
According to the CEO, once divided, the charges for the entire package range between Sh250 and Sh300 per student.
Because of the platform’s acceptance by several tech companies, it employs java-script and Python programming.
When a user visits the website, Kodris employs block mode, which allows you to create algorithms using the provided blocks.
Because of its drag-and-drop functionality, this method is better suited for younger students.
Students attempt to solve tasks by collecting food in the scenes with the assistance of Kodris Africa.