Ruto Asks Kenyans to Submit Reviews On Ongoing CBC Reforms
President William Ruto has asked Kenyans to weigh in on ongoing education reforms.
He stated that the recommendations of the recently formed task force will be critical in determining the course of education reforms.
“A week ago we launched the presidential working party in education reforms to review all aspects of education. Its findings and recommendations shall inform the interventions that will be taken to ensure that Kenya delivers the training needed for sustainable development,” Ruto said.
He was speaking at the 59th Mashujaa Day celebrations at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.
The announcement comes after task force chairperson Raphael Munavu urged Kenyans to provide feedback on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Ruto stated yesterday that the task force’s recommendations will inform future sector decisions.
The team was tasked by Ruto with reviewing and recommending a governance and financing framework for TVET training and development, university education, research, and training.
The team will also make recommendations to streamline continuity in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the transition to university education.
It will conduct additional research and make recommendations for legislation to merge all tertiary education funding entities.
Every two months, the task force led by Prof Munavu is expected to provide the president with a progress report.
Ruto stated that the government is working to digitize and automate more services.
“To bring more Kenyans, especially the youth, online for business, learning, entertainment and socialization, the Government intends to take measures to bring down the cost of calls and data,” he said.
The president also stated that the government is committed to investing in information and technology to improve education.
The task force will also solicit feedback on strategies for implementing Senior Secondary pathways, conceptualizing competency-based pre-service teacher education, designing and implementing value-based education, community service learning, and parental empowerment and engagement programs.
The memoranda will also consider special education (gifted and talented students, learners with disabilities, and those with learning disabilities).
Kenyans are encouraged to deliver their submissions in person to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Magoha established the task force in June to spearhead CBC implementation, which has put the government at odds with some Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) members.
The team was given a year to produce a comprehensive report on how the curriculum will be implemented as well as the working relationships between the two levels of government on the implementation of the pre-primary education curriculum.
How To Give your views to education reforms team
The 49-member team, led by Prof Raphael Munavu, has urged individuals, public and private institutions, and all interested parties to submit comments by November 18.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reform seeks views from members of the public and other sector stakeholders to inform its terms of reference with respect to education sector reform in Kenya.
The reviews will focus on key areas such as basic education, tertiary and university education, and any other relevant education-related issue.
Submissions will also be made in the form of memoranda, letters, or research papers.
Munavu stated in an October 18 notice that submissions should be addressed to the Chairperson of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform and hand-delivered to the Working Party’s offices on Loita Street, 10th floor, ABSA Towers, or sent via email email@example.com.”