Ensure Successful CBC, Deans Challenged
Deans of schools of education at public and private universities have been instructed that they are responsible for ensuring that all future teachers graduate with the skills needed to deliver the Competency-based Curriculum (CBC).
They were also told that the program’s success, which will enter the junior secondary phase in January, is dependent on how well teachers handle the new curriculum.
Prof Geoffrey Muluvi, Vice Chancellor of South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), in his keynote address at the 3rd Education Deans Consultative Forum held yesterday at the University of Embu, urged the deans to urgently harmonize the content they deliver to their students so that eventually there will be uniformity in the delivery of CBC.
The theme of the forum is “Competency-based teacher education: Reflecting on preparedness”.
He advised them to develop a common position to present to the task force appointed by President William Ruto to investigate the new curriculum, which will be completed this term.
Professor Daniel Mugendi of the University of Embu also spoke at the forum, saying that the task force was appointed at an appropriate time and urging the deans to critically examine it so that they could make constructive presentations to the task force.
Prof Muluvi stated that in order to avoid waste, universities and other tertiary institutions should involve parents in student management.
He claimed that many students were dropping out because they were unable to manage their newfound freedom, particularly when living off campus.
“Universities assume these youngsters are adults who can manage themselves, while in fact many are struggling to make the necessary social adjustments,” he said, adding that as a consequence, some lag behind and have had to be discontinued.
Prof Muluvi, who also serves as the chair of the Vice Chancellors’ Committee, has called for a review of the university funding model, claiming that the “Differentiated Unit Cost” model, which was implemented five years ago, has left some public universities in financial distress.
If universities are to invest in facilities for providing 21st-century education, he proposed that funding be based on an 80 percent capitation, up from the current 50 percent.