Following concerns raised by parents about the assignments Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) learners carry home, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has asked teachers to refrain from giving assignments that are costly to parents.
Guardians and parents last week took to social media complaining that some assignments learners carry home have tight timelines given and money spent in purchasing materials to be used in the school projects.
KICD noted that the spirit of CBS is to leverage on readily available materials to facilitate learning.
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“Please support the children without doing the work for them. Assignments should be within the abilities of pupils. Tasks involving undue costs to parents should be avoided. Show interest, provide basic needs (pencils, pens, ink, exercise books, etc.),” KICD said.
Parents accused CBC of being too engaging, claiming that teachers were giving students too many assignments, forcing them to intervene. Some private schools require students to bring reams of printing paper, more than ten textbooks for each subject, and other stationery. Schools in urban areas are the most affected.
"Parents do not have to necessarily print required learning resources. For instance, when teaching Hygiene and Nutrition, learners can be asked to bring along a clean handkerchief from home. Teachers usually clarify that parents can get a handkerchief from a clean piece of cloth." KICD said in a statement posted on its official Twitter handle Sunday.
KICD CEO Charles Ong'ondo stated that CBC has nothing to do with students being required to bring a stack of textbooks to school.
He stated that the curriculum provides suggested learning materials, which means that teachers are expected to make rational decisions on what is required to aid learning, depending on the location of a school.
The Institute, whose core function is to conduct research and develop curricular and curriculum support materials, has further encouraged parents to raise any unsuitable homework with the headteachers of the schools initially, but they feel if it is not addressed it can be reported to KICD, Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Commission.
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.
Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi has also promised to challenge the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) this week.
"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." Said Havi.
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.
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