Principals Defend CBC, Issue Six Demands to Ruto Ahead of Review
Before assessing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) system, the principals urge President William Ruto to lay out adequate frameworks and present clear financial modules.
Kahi Indimuli, chairman of the Kenya Secondary Heads Associations (KSSHA), stated on Monday, September 19, that the government must assure school heads of transition plans, CBC funding, and capacity building.
Additionally, principals seek assurances regarding curriculum interpretation and implementation, quality assurance, and the structure of the CBC.
In an interview with Citizen TV, Kahi suggested that a committee of some sort would be necessary to handle a few aspects of CBC implementation.
“Putting a task force at this point in time may take a whole year and we have a transition to take.” Kahi stated.
Principals are most concerned about the time required to implement CBC changes suggested by the task team Ruto created to evaluate the curriculum.
Kahi stated that the timeline does not permit a thorough system redesign, especially considering that the first class is scheduled to transition in January 2023.
He recommended Ruto’s government prioritize the gray areas identified by school administrators to eliminate the uncertainty.
Kahi said that a hasty decision could dilute the gains accomplished and create a crisis before the upcoming school year.
He noted that CBC’s curriculum is excellent and more focused on children than teachers.
“The CBC curriculum is good. CBC requires us to identify competencies, nurture these competencies and allow children to pick the various pathways,” he stated.
Under the CBC system, students will spend two years in pre-primary school, three years in primary school, and six years in secondary school, which will be divided into junior secondary school (three years) and senior secondary school (three years) (three years).
According to the program, students would spend a minimum of three years in higher education institutions after that.
President William Ruto pledged to reevaluate the education system to align it with the country’s current market needs and protect parents from the related high costs.
To persuade the President not to eliminate CBC, the outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, argued that it was crucial to equip the newest generation of students with information and the ability to study and relearn.
He argued that CBC was essential for solving the current economic issues while highlighting the pressure to eliminate it.
Magoha declared in a Ministry of Education bulletin that the current world is vastly different from what the 8-4-4 school system was designed to address.
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“We are now in a knowledge-based society faced with constantly changing challenges, constraints and opportunities.”
“This needs a new kind of education.