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MPs Now Intervene After CBC Complains

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  • Members of Parliament have finally intervened, following numerous complaints raised by parents and different stakeholders over the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

    The National Assembly Education Committee on Friday, September 10, summoned the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to address some of the pertinent issues affecting the implementation of the new curriculum

    The Busia County Woman Representative Florence Mutua-led committee wants KICD to shed light on some of the thorny issues, threatening the future of CBC, especially the burdensome homework.

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    CS George Magoha during the Launch of Elimu Program on Thursday July 22,2021
    CS George Magoha during the Launch of Elimu Program on Thursday, July 22, 2021

    The lawmakers want KICD to come up with a clear framework to address issues raised derailing the gains in the implementation of CBC.

    They are pushing KICD to give clear guidelines to schools, teachers, parents, and different education stakeholders on the way to handle assignments and homework which has been the main area of contention in CBC.

    KICD has also been tasked to scale up response mechanisms to influence public perceptions on CBC. So far most people are of the opinion that the implementation of CBC is not possible.

    The legislators have also asked the agency to engage stakeholders and help them understand the salient features of CBC.

    KICD will also need to document all the concerns from stakeholders and come up with appropriate interventions to remedy the situation and change the narrative for the better.

    The Education Committee further intervened complaints raised by some parents that CBC discriminates against the poor directing KICD to address the issues that are being cited as likely to promote inequality and ensure the curriculum benefits all learners including those in rural and marginalised areas.

    The Committee has further demanded that KICD move to scale up teacher training to sharpen their skills in interpreting the CBC.

    Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha had earlier Magoha termed the complaints raised on the efficacy of CBC as just ‘nonsense.’

    The CS blamed political leaders and others he called “busybodies” for discrediting the new curriculum, which is still under implementation.

    Affirming his support to the system, Magoha claimed the CBC system is the best thing that has happened to his life.

    “All this nonsense you are hearing ignore them and I can assure you. In my life, I think the only thing that is happened now is the Competency-Based Curriculum. Let us not allow busybodies and politicians to divert us. Why would you think that we are not working behind the curtains to ensure that the transition is smooth?” he posed.

    A teacher in a classroom
    A teacher with pupils in a classroom.
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