The change entails a combination of assessment methods including workshops, projects, practical experience, and work-based simulation among others.
The Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) has completed a major syllabus review with a promise for a new feel and shift within the sector both existing and prospective professionals.
Established in 1969, KASNEB is mandated with the development of syllabuses, conduct of professional, diploma, and technician examinations and certification of candidates in finance, accountancy, governance, and management, information technology and related disciplines, promotion of its qualifications nationally and internationally, and the accreditation of relevant training institutions in liaison with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Under the new syllabus review, the qualifications include short (vocational) skills-based courses, certificates, diplomas, professional qualifications, among others. The review in the examination will see them being administered three times a year.
The change also entails a combination of assessment methods including workshops, projects, practical experience, and work-based simulation among others.
“We are glad to announce a complete review of our syllabus. This is a new dawn for us, and for our major stakeholders; students who are the reason why we exist. We promise that with this new dawn, we purpose to give a new awakening to the profession,” said Dr. Nicholas K. Letting’, the CEO of KASNEB.
According to Mr. Letting’, the change of the syllabus was necessitated by the growing demand by employers for enhanced practical skills, both technical and soft ones. At the same time, changes in international standards such as International Financial Reporting Standards pushed stakeholders on the drawing board to rethink the syllabus.
Technology has changed how people relate and interact with each other in various fields. This has led to a shift in different professions hence the need to streamline content and training materials to tailor them towards rhyming with the new trends.
With trends changing on a daily basis, KASNEB says that it has put in place strategies and mechanisms to ensure that those emerging from it have what it takes to compete favorably within and without Kenya and impact positively on the economy and skill world.
“We know the world has changed and we cannot sit around and let it overtake us. We would like to assure our stakeholders that this syllabus review is in line with what the market needs and that it has been developed by experts who understand the sector and what it needs,” added Dr. Letting’.
The new syllabus has already been unveiled at a stakeholder’s forum that took place at Safari Park Hotel by the Board Chair Dr. Nancy N. Muriuki.