CBC Is a Business Model Designed To Help Private Schools – Sossion
Wilson Sossion, the former secretary general of Knut, stated that the competency-based curriculum (CBC) was designed to help private schools.
During an interview with K24 on Tuesday, Sossion stated that the true objective was to compel secondary schools to offer grade seven.
Because public schools could not finance it, private actors would have a field day enrolling many students.
“The CBC model brought to Kenya is meant to create inequalities, and suppress the ability to deliver of public schools, because the public schools will not have the ability to deliver, the private schools will fit in that space,” Sossion said.
He stated that placing seventh graders in secondary schools was an uninformed decision. It was more political than commercial.
Sossion said he is pleased that the Kenya Kwanza government has returned to the people to seek change.
However, he stated that the current actions should have been taken during the curriculum’s design phase before implementation.
He said the CBC model used in Kenya is not the real CBC. Instead, he called it a corporate model that was made to make inequality worse.
Currently, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) demands that the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) be fully adopted without any modifications.
At the funeral of a former KNUT official on November 14, KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu urged the government to instead invest extensively in the CBC, arguing that it is one of the best curricula that Kenya should adopt.
Considering that KNUT has been one of the most strident detractors of the CBC since its founding six years ago, this is a shift in tone from the unionist.
A KNUT official from the Homa Bay branch demanded the suspension of the curriculum on November 4 to allow for public input on its implementation.
Patrick Were, a KNUT representative from the Homa Bay branch, opined, ““The CBC curriculum should not be scrapped but be suspended to enable the process that has begun of public participation to continue to its conclusive leve.”
According to Were, suspending CBC would allow for the determination of whether or not the curriculum should be continued or scrapped entirely.
However, according to the Union’s Secretary General, the union first rejected the new curriculum since it was implemented at the incorrect moment.
Oyuu told mourners at the funeral, “The KNUT initially opposed the CBC because we wanted everything in place to facilitate its implementation and adoption.”
Oyuu maintained, however, that the administration led by Ruto would be in a better position to implement the curriculum if additional finances were made available to allow its complete implementation.
“What we are asking the government is that it fully funds the CBC and removes the burden from parents,” Oyuu indicated.
This comes only days after the working task force on CBC, constituted by President William Ruto to collect public feedback and provide curricular suggestions, ended its collection of stakeholder feedback.
Oyuu disclosed that all KNUT leaders oppose the elimination of the CBC and had effectively conveyed these sentiments to the work force chaired by Prof. Munavu.