Kenya 8-4-4 Curriculum

At ERCEC, we complement the content rich 8.4.4 curriculum with our child centered approach; this means the learners stay in charge of their educational journeys and outcomes are activity/project based. Our diverse co-curricular offering ensures that the whole child is educated they are engaged in competitive sports, chess, drama & music to name a few. Visit our alumni page to read the diverse stories of some of the learners who went through the 8.4.4 system at ERCEC.

Kenya national education system is structured on an 8-4-4 model with eight years of basic education, four years of secondary education and a four-year undergraduate curriculum. This model replaced the 7-4-2-3 system in 1985.

The cycle is divided into lower (Standards 1-3), middle (Standards 4 & 5) and upper primary (Standards 6-8). At the end of the primary cycle, students take the national Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination (KCPE), supervised by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) under the Ministry of Education. The examination is used primarily to rank and stream students into secondary and technical schools. Students who perform well gain admission into national secondary schools, while those with average scores attend provincial schools.

Formal schooling begins at the age of six, with compulsory and free basic education running through to the age of 14. Students progress to the academic secondary cycle, technical schools or trade schools from the basic cycle.