LSK President Nelson Havi To Challenge Implementation of CBC In Court As KICD Responds To Complaints Raised By Parents.
The Law Society Of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi has promised to challenge the implementation of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) next week.
In his tweet on Wednesday, Havi said the education system in Kenya should not be expensive.
"I have heard your cries parents, guardians and teachers. The petition challenging CBC will be filed in court next week. The education system in Kenya should not be an expensive, inefficient and ineffective experiment with our children and their future as is our leadership." Posted Havi.
But today on Thursday, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has responded to complaints about the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in schools.
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KICD urged parents to be patient as the issues raised are reviewed.
The new curriculum has been criticised by stakeholders calling for the country to revert to the 8-4-4 system saying the Competency Base Curriculum (CBC) is fraudulent.
Those opposed to the curriculum says it is being implemented in a very unprofessional manner adding that it failed to follow all the required procedures before its adoption.
"CBC is a fraudulent curriculum that is being forced on the nation of Kenya and it was rolled out without a professional perspective," former NKUT SG Wilson Sossion said.
Sossion said there was no public participation when the programme was at the policy formulation level and therefore the government needs to undertake a review, change and improve some aspects.
"Public participation was not well done when it comes to CBC. On the other hand, 8-4-4 was discussed and tabled in Parliament for adoption, but CBC has never been discussed."
He termed CBC as an extortionist scheme that has dented parents' pockets by forcing them to purchase unnecessary learning materials.
He claimed that teachers are having difficulty adapting the curriculum as they have not yet received enough training.
"The government must accept that they have failed the education system, this is because on the ground teachers are frustrated and stressed, parents are expected to buy a lot of learning materials," Sossion stated.
KICD defended itself from allegations that the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is expensive, as the state procures books for learning in public institutions.
KICD was responding to allegations that parents are being asked to purchase a lot of textbooks and other learning materials for the new CBC curriculum.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Charles Ong’ondo said that the curriculum does not prescribe a long list of learning materials to support curriculum delivery in schools.
He added that teachers are expected to pick the most appropriate course books from the approved ones. The CEO said given the current economic situation, it is unfair for school heads to charge that parents purchase all the books that publishers bring forward.
"CBC has nothing to do with learners being asked to come to school with a heap of textbooks. All that is needed is approved course books to facilitate learning." Said Prof. Ong'ondo.
He added that schools could buy a few books as reference materials by teachers and not necessarily as books that pupils must have in class.
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