Gachagua To Meet CBC Taskforce In Karen
On Wednesday, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua will preside over the start of a three-day induction for the Education Reforms Taskforce.
President William Ruto appointed the 49-member task force to review the Competence Based Curriculum, and they will begin their induction on Wednesday.
The event will take place at Karen’s Cemastea Research Institute.
The Taskforce, according to the Gazette, will evaluate the CBC, which has been a source of contention in the education sector.
The team will be tasked with the conceptualization and implementation of key tenets guiding the competency-based approach, including but not limited to value-based education, community service learning, parental empowerment, and engagement.
The team will assess and recommend a proper structure for implementing the CBC system, as well as study all laws governing the basic education subsector.
It is also expected to research, evaluate, and make recommendations on the conceptualization and implementation of key curriculum principles.
The 49-member committee, led by Raphael Munavu, will review and recommend legislation to aid in the amalgamation of HELB, TVET, and University Funding Boards, with the goal of harmonizing and merging all tertiary education funding entities.
Every two months, the Task Force will submit a report to the President.
Vice-chancellors Gitahi Kiama and Paul Wainaina, as well as former private school heads Mutheu Kasanga, are among those on the team.
KNEC CEO David Njengere, Elyas Abdi, Eunice Gachoka, Jackson Too, Richard Miano, Reuben Nthamburi, and Patita Tingoi are the secretaries.
Members include Peter Tabichi, David Some, Halima Saado, Jacinta Ngure, Peter Njenga, Jerono Rotich, Ciriaka Gitonga, Purity Mbaabu, and Edward Katue, Jane Imbunya, Bernard Kariuki, and Peter Njenga.
Virginia Wahome, Robert Juma, Charles Kyalo, Anthony Cheruiyot, Bishop Geoffrey Waweru, Seline Chepngeno, Laila Abubakar, Daniel Otieno, John Kamiti, Margaret Chege, James Kanya, Salome Eyangan, Wiston Akala, Jane Kimiti, Kizito Wangalwa, Augusta Mwihaki, Peter Barasa, Ahmed Yusuf, Jone Mos
The Kenya Kwanza Alliance government, according to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, will not abolish the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), but will review it to improve it.
Gachagua acknowledged that there has been widespread concern about the new curriculum’s implementation and that the issues raised must be addressed to ensure a smooth academic system.
He stated that the CBC issue is one of President William Ruto’s top priorities. The president’s principal assistant revealed that in a few weeks, a committee will be formed to review the academic program and remove any concerns.
According to the second in command, the review is not intended to abolish the new education system, but rather to review and retain what is working while improving what is causing concern among key stakeholders.