By now you are looking at the headline and may wonder what I am talking about. But take a pause and think about it, you will agree. In every situation between adults that involves children, the latter are affected more by the consequences of adult actions.
Coming down to the story itself, Kenya has had plans since then Education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i to completely face out the 8-4-4 education system and replace it with 2-6-6-3 Competence Based Curriculum system. Evidently, in 2019 there has been a struggle between the Kenya National Union of Teachers led by Secretary General Wilson Sossion and the Ministry of Education. The division arises with claims that the curriculum was done in a haste without consideration of a number of factors and regardless of the halt in 2018, children were affected during this break as teachers had to go back the former curriculum. It was also affecting thousands of parents who had already purchased books for Nursery to Class Three.
Mr Sossion argues that the whole process should first be validated by Parliament as required by law and all stakeholders, including teachers, actively involved in the exercise.
During the launch of the National Curriculum Policy on May 15 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha assured those present and the nation that the curriculum will continue to be implemented. He further added over 91,000 teachers have been trained and the field reports indicate the teachers are now better and confident in their delivery to this curriculum. While this has happened, the training of the teachers shall still continue especially August 2019.
The new curriculum is being taught in some schools and not in all, raising a concern over the inclusiveness for students nationwide.
It is regard to this tussle that the National Steering Committee on Curriculum Reforms released a press statement on May 26, on the status of the committee.
Press statement by Members of the National Steering Committee on Curriculum Reforms
As a child-focused institution, our main concern is whether the best interest of the child is being considered in this matter. It is unfair to juggle students from one system to another, without putting into consideration the implication on the mental and intellectual development.
The CBC curriculum replacing the over 30-years system founded on three main pillars; values, theoretical approaches and guiding principles.It focuses on critical thinking, problem solving and logic thinking. It also seeks to ensure that learners acquire skills that support human resource needs for a newly industrialized country. Its emphasis is based on experimental and practical learning, interactive projects, progressive report cards.
- By Ann Wambui
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