KUPPET, KEPSHA, NPA Defends CBC As They Seek To Be Enjoined In The Case.
National Parents Association (NPA), teachers, Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association (KEPSHA) are attempting to be enjoined in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) case.
The case will be listened to by High Court judge Anthony Mrima. NPA claims that if the court issues orders without its participation, children’s interests will be jeopardized.
The association, represented by lawyer Elizabeth Akinyi, claims that the petitioner, lawyer Esther Ang’awa, has not promised to compensate those who will be affected by the temporary orders.
“The interested parties’ interests and those of the children will be grossly affected by the case,” NPA,s chairperson Nicholas Maiyo says. Maiyo claims that if the NPA is not allowed to participate in the case, Ang’awa may mislead the court.
Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) claims that it will suffer losses and that the case will disrupt students’ lives. KPSA claims to have fully embraced CBC but alleges that Ang’awa has arrived too late in the game, as CBC was implemented six years ago.
“The applicant’s member schools have fully embraced CBC and have implemented it in the last six years whereof any order or directive coming at this stage with the effect of materially altering or derailing the running of the curriculum will severely affect the over two million students in the applicant’s schools,” the Mutheu Kasanga-led association argued.
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The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) claims that CBC is in the best interests of the children and it would be unjust to force students to return to the 8-4-4 system.
“In principle, Kuppet is in support of CBC as the most progressive education structure given locally suited and international best practices… In this regard, Kuppet is categorical that CBC is formulated in the best interest of the Kenyan child and any attempt to revoke the same would be tantamount to throwing the baby with the bathwater.” It argues.
KEPSHA claims that if the orders are issued, they will affect over 10,000 school principals.
“The intended interested party has heavily invested its resources towards CBC as it has been heavily involved in the realisation of by actual implementation and training,” says the association.
In this case, the Cabinet Secretaries for Education and the Interior have hired top-tier lawyers to defend CBC.
Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha has retained the services of lawyer Phillip Murgor, while his Interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i has directed Fred Ngatia to represent the ministry in the case filed by lawyer Ang’awa.
Immanuel Bitta will represent Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki, while John Mbaluto will represent the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).
Ngatia and Murgor opposed Ang’awa’s lawyer, Nelson Havi’s request to have interested parties join the case without filing a formal application.