School Fees To Increase If Proposed CBC Changes Are Implemented
Parents may have to delve further into their pockets if the Ministry of Education’s proposed reforms are implemented.
In 2023, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha advocated for the movement of Grade Six students from their original public schools to private institutions for their Junior Secondary education.
Magoha observed that this occurred after most private schools cooperated with the ministry’s Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) regulation. Thus, parents will pay the fees imposed by the private schools.
He explained that the issue of the government proposing to move alongside private schools was a method to encourage them to increase inclusiveness throughout the transition time of the competency-based curriculum.
In addition to many classrooms, private schools have established fully-equipped laboratories to enhance studying.
The CS said the ministry had pushed primary schools to upgrade to junior high schools, particularly in metropolitan areas.
He noted that many had done so, hoping to receive between 3,000 and 4,000 classrooms from there.
He instructed the government to proceed with the construction of more classrooms at other schools.
It is the responsibility of the incoming government to ensure that the remaining 20,000 classrooms are built, as indicated by Magoha.
In addition, the CS warned that, as this is a one-of-a-kind transition and the first of its kind in Kenya, the site may be inaccessible in the future.
“Private schools would only come to the portal when they have conformed, since they are businesses, you can’t force them,” he remarked.
On Monday, August 15, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) enabled Grade Six students to select the junior secondary schools of their choosing.
In addition, the examination organization established standards for the Grade Six examinations scheduled for November 2022.
The impending reforms to be enacted by the ministry have left parents in limbo, while others seek to be included on the education task committee. President William Ruto will convene a curriculum revision committee.
Several additional parties wish to be included in the CBC issue resolution process and propose plausible options.
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