Greenlight as MPs give Competency Based Curriculum legal clout

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 08:00 |
Pupils in class. Photo/File

Much-touted Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) currently being implemented in schools is now anchored in law after legislators approved  Sessional Paper Number 1 of 2019.

The unanimous passing of the sessional paper, Policy Framework for Reforming Education and Training for Sustainable Development, struck the final blow to 8-4-4 system which the legislators did not prepare the primary graduates well enough.

National Assembly’s Education Committee chair Julius Melly, MPs  Malulu Injendi (Malava), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Millie Odhiambo (Suba North), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South) David ole Sankok (nominated, JP) said the 8-4-4 System had let the country down as it is not practical.

Melly said the policy would provide a framework for the adoption of the CBC including providing the basis for addressing challenges in the education sector.

Strategic plan

According to him the sessional paper will also go a long way in providing the basis for developing an education sector strategic plan that will promote comprehensive framework for programme implementation as well as provide the basis within which all providers of education and training services will engage in the sector

While moving the motion on the floor of the House, Melly praised CBC saying it emphasises on identifying and nurturing talents of the learner.

“Some children are very good footballers and will not be scientists. Others are good musicians and can earn a living through it. So, the CBC is one of the best systems, but we need to do a little more panel beating,” he said. 

Washiali, however, expressed concerns that the government is yet to release funds to develop an extra classroom to accommodate the 100 per cent transition rate for the students in Form One this year despite promising to.

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