Significant Changes on CBC Since Ruto’s Inauguration
While some Kenyans thought President William Ruto’s administration would eliminate the competency-based curriculum, the Head of State stated that he had no such ambitions upon assuming office.
Notable is the fact that the Kenya Kwanza Coalition pledged to evaluate the curriculum during the campaigns, stating that it had been hurriedly introduced and failed to take into account multiple complaints regarding its suitability.
Since taking office, President Ruto has promised to make the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) more effective. He has even set up a task force to examine it.
Here are the six most significant CBC developments since he gained office 42 days ago.
Establishment of Task Force
President William Ruto appointed a task team to evaluate the effectiveness of CBC less than one month into his administration.
The president relied on the task force’s membership of eminent figures in the field of education to solve the deficiencies in the curriculum.
The presidential working group was intended to last six months, with progress reports issued every two months.
It will incorporate, among others, the perspectives of parents and guardians who voiced opposition to the curriculum.
Notably, the task force was asked to suggest changes for CBC and other regions with low-quality education sectors.
University Dons Involvement
University professors protested their exclusion two days after the CBC Working Group was formed.
The dons, via the Secretary General of the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU), accused President Ruto of violating the constitution by excluding labor unions, which they deemed significant stakeholders.
They maintained that the omission would leave the problem of professors and educators unresolved.
CS Nominee Machogu Blames Magoha
The nominee for Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, criticized his predecessor for failing to address significant implementation difficulties.
During his vetting, the CS stated that his ministry would endeavor to reduce the CBC’s financial burden on parents and guardians.
On Teacher Training
The candidate for CS also pledged to lead teacher training on CBC principles.
According to Machogu, the staff responsible for implementing CBC did not fully prepare the teachers because they were in haste.
Upon the release of the final reports of the CBC task force, he stated that the new government would prioritize training.
Elimination of boarding schools
In the first month of President Ruto’s administration, calls to dismantle boarding schools have also increased.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) advocated eliminating boarding schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) because they are too costly.
Akelo Misori, the secretary general of KUPPET, argued that boarding schools had become greedy commercial interests at the expense of parents and the quality of education.
Collins Oyuu, leader of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), criticized the exam-oriented nature of the 8-4-4 system.
KNUT blamed exam-focused schooling for the country’s staggering unemployment rate.
He stated that the two national tests administered after basic and secondary education dictated students’ future success or failure.
“You have the knowledge and no skill at all. You, therefore, join the group of boda boda riders. In these places, you can easily become a thief out of frustrations,” Knut Secretary General- Collins Oyuu stated.
The thoughts of the Knut Secretary General align with those of the CBC, which stresses experiential education and places less emphasis on national tests.