Education: President Uhuru set to lead curriculum debate

Friday, August 16th, 2019 00:00 |
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha. Photo/BERNARD MALONZA

President Uhuru Kenyatta is today expected to lead discussions in the third National Curriculum Conference, which seeks to give stakeholders an opportunity to explore inclusion and agree on an implementation road map.

Education Cabinet secretary Prof George Magoha yesterday said at least 2,000 participants from across the country are expected to attend.

He said the government acknowledges the challenges which have come with the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) but is determined to tackle them.

Magoha spoke when he inspected Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) grounds, the venue of the CBC forum. 

He said 11 pre-conferences tackling different subjects of inclusion were held prior to the main conference as well as 47 county dialogues, which provided a platform for receiving views from the public towards successful implementation of the new curriculum.

“The government is determined to tackle challenges arising from the CBC starting from the weakest. However, CBC is doing extremely well and the government is on the trajectory to ensure it succeeds,” he said.

Train teachers

The CS said the government is ready to roll out Grade Four system next year and teachers would be trained ahead of schedule.

 He added that the government has allocated Sh1.2 billion and Sh300 million towards improving infrastructure in secondary and primary schools, respectively, in the current financial year.

The government is also expected to receive Sh8.2 billion from the World Bank, which will be used to improve the infrastructure of primary and secondary schools in 30 counties in marginalised regions.

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