November 14, 2017


The new 2-6-3-3-3 system of education that will replace the 8-4-4

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New Education Curriculum to Kick off in January 2018

The Ministry of Education will be rolling out the new 2-6-3-3-3 system of education that will replace the 8-4-4 in January 2018 when schools re-open for the first term.

Children who graduated from pre-unit in 2017 will be the pioneers of the 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum, which will see children spend 2 years – in Kindergarten, 6 years in  Primary school (3 years Lower Primary and 3 years Upper Primary), 3 years in  Junior Secondary, 3 years in Senior Secondary and 3 years University.


According to a memo sent to school heads by the Ministry, the new System has no provision for Baby Class, which usually accommodates children below 4 years.

“Children will join Pre-Primary 1 at 4 Years and Pre-Primary 2 at 5 Years,”

Once the children are done with pre-primary 2, which is an equivalent of pre-unit in the 844 system, they will then undertake a Formative Assessment before joining Grade 1 (class one).

“They will proceed to Grade 2 and Grade 3 in consecutive years ending Lower Primary School,” the memo states.


The students who have finished lower primary school will be required to undertake another Formative and National Assessment before joining Grade 4. They will consecutively proceed to Grade 5 and 6, ending Upper Primary School.

“Grade 6, which will be equivalent to the current class 6 will be the end of their Primary School life. (Currently class 8)”


Once through with primary school, students will undertake another Formative Assessment before joining Junior high school for three years starting from Grade 7.

They will consecutively proceed to Grade 8 and 9, bringing to an end their tenure in Junior High School. The students will then undertake a Formative and National Assessment and upon completion, they will have a choice of either to proceed with Technical Education or join Senior High School.

“By joining Senior High School, the students will proceed to Grade 10, 11 and 12 respectively. Upon completion of Senior School, the students join University,” the memo further states.

Students currently in class 3 to Class 8 are proceeding with 8-4-4 before it is completely phased out.

The New System which will start with the children who will join class 1 and 2 respectively in 2018 is more Talent based than Academic based.


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