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Press Release: Brief on Nine-year Schooling

Date: November 18, 2013


New System

The new system will have the following:

(i)            Early Childhood Care and Education  (ECCE):  (3 - 4 years)

(ii)          Basic Schooling : (5 – 14 years)

(iii)         Post nine-year schooling:  (14 – 18 years)




            Recent policy measures implemented across pre-primary, primary and secondary subsectors constitutes a solid and strong foundation upon which such a reform programme can be developed:


  • New Curriculum Frameworks for Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary

Government has come forward with new curriculum frameworks for the pre-primary, primary and secondary subsectors over the period 2007 - 2010.


  • Bridging access gap at Pre-primary

As regards the pre-primary education, access has substantially improved through grass root intervention from 82.3% in 2004 to nearly 98% nowadays; the pedagogical gaps between the pre-primary and the primary levels have been bridged.


  • Introduction of new innovative pedagogical programmes at primary level

New innovative pedagogical programmes have been introduced and the curriculum has been extended and reinforced.  Example EP and Sankore.

  • National Assessment at Form III

At the secondary level, we have been able to come forward with a new curriculum/ syllabus for the lower secondary and implemented a national assessment at Form III level.


  • Introduction of Carnet Scolaire

Moreover, we shall be introducing the Carnet Scolaire which will provide a profile and record of all performance and competencies as the child progresses to the whole of nine-year schooling cycle and beyond.


These constitute important elements for the foundation upon which the project for the nine-year schooling can be successfully implemented.



The new CPE reform has many implications in terms of:


·         Pedagogy

·         Curriculum

·         Textbooks

·         Infrastructural facilities

·         Mode of assessment

·         Allocation of seats

·         Certification

·         Training of teachers


High Level Committee

In order to implement this budgetary measure, a High Level Committee has been set up to look into the implementation of this new system of schooling.


The High Level Committee has met recently and has identified a number of critical factors will have to be taken on board for the successful implementation of this measure. 


These include:

 -       There should be a conducive infrastructure and environment which favours good teaching and learning

-       There should be no compromise on the quality of education. Quality assurance would have to be reviewed.

-       Although the CPE examinations will be reviewed, there will be regular and continuous assessment which will cover both the academic part and the acquisition of life skills.

-       Issues such as the proximity of schools to the residence of the students and level of academic attainment after nine years schooling would also be taken into consideration.

-       New pathways for higher education and a diversification of learning opportunities.

-       Identification of gifted students so that dedicated support could be given to them and also special pathways opened for them.

Further options being considered:

-       co-education,

-       different pathways including TVET,

-       specialised schools,

-       setting up of Polytechnics,

-       a greater degree of regionalisation with a new system of scholarship for regional schools

-       a certificate for lower secondary education.


  •   Le ministre Bunwaree a précisé que le groupe d’enfants qui entre en Std 1 dans une année donnée, selon le système de nine-year schooling, continuera, après la
         Std 6, ENSEMBLE en Std 7, en Std 8 et en Std 9.
  •   Les infrastructures des écoles primaires ne seront pas utilisées pour les classes de 7e, 8e et 9; qui se tiendront dans des écoles secondaires.
  •   Ainsi, dans ces collèges qui accueilleront les classes de 7e, 8e et 9e, il y aura plusieurs groupes d’enfants issus de plusieurs écoles primaires de la région.
  •   Donc, le Basic Schooling s’établit comme suit : 6 ans d’écolage primaire + 3 ans dans un collège, le groupe restant homogène et mixte.
  •   Le High Level Committee a un peu plus d’un an pour travailler sur tous les aspects et tous les paramètres de ce nouveau système.
  •   Le ministre Bunwaree rappelle qu’il y’aura un examen à la fin de la 9e année, qui servira comme examen déterminant l’admission en Form 4.
  •   A noter que le Prevoc va ainsi disparaitre dans sa forme actuel, puisque le groupe d’enfants continue ensemble après la 6e année, jusqu’à la 9e année.
  •   Ce système amènera aussi une régionalisation des bourses d’études pour les collèges régionaux, avec aussi la création de collèges du Post Nine-year schooling
         (Form 4, SC, Lower 6 et HSC)
    qui seront spécialisés (e.g. Filières technique, artistique, scientifique, langues, etc.).

18 November 2013

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