Plan for CBC Grade Five roll out on course, says Magoha assures

Thursday, June 24th, 2021 00:00 |
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha addresses the press in Kisumu county, yesterday. Photo/PD/Viola Kosome

The government has allayed fears over the roll out of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) to Grade Five.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha said the roll out is on course and disputed speculations that the programme could run into headwinds.

Speaking in Kisumu yesterday, the CS disclosed that the government has already delivered learning materials necessary for CBC to schools as learners prepare to transit during the start of the new calendar year in August.

“I want to disabuse claims being propagated by the media that the government is not prepared for CBC rollout.

Nothing could be far from the truth and as you are fully aware, we have a task force report that has provided a roadmap on this process,” he said.

He added: “The CBC task force report is available at the Government Printer and anybody who wants to get a copy should go there and get it.”

The minister was speaking when he oversaw the verification of Elimu Scholarship beneficiaries.

Additional desks

He noted that as part of CBC rollout plan the government will construct additional classrooms in all institutions under the schools infrastructural development programme. 

Magoha disclosed that out of the Sh4.2 billion earmarked for establishment of infrastructure in the basic learning institutions in this financial year’s budget, Sh1.9 billion would be used to procure additional desks with Sh1 billion being allocated to secondary and the other remaining Sh900 million to primary schools.

“It is possible that we are going to construct more classrooms in our schools,” he said.

At the same time, the CS  said the government has placed every school on geographical Information System purposely to ascertain the existing infrastructural gaps in institutions that need to be fixed ahead of the curriculum rollout.

He expressed confidence over the success in the implementation of the new curriculum to the next level.

On Covid-19 issue, Magoha said schools will not be closed due to an unprecedented situation occasioned by a surge in Covid infections in certain regions.

Instead, he said the ministry, in conjunction with other State agencies tasked with the responsibility over the management of Covid-19 pandemic, is closely monitoring the situation.

He added that it will be impractical to close schools at such a time under the reviewed education calendar, which is characterised by a tight year in the learning programmes.

Enough money

“There is absolutely no cause for alarm. We will deal with the situation as it arises. If there is a crisis in one particular school, it will be dealt with in isolation,” he said.

Magoha maintained that institutions have enough money to run their activities except secondary schools that are still waiting to receive a balance of their disbursement scheduled in due course.

He warned school managements against attempts to misuse allocated resources, noting that the ministry is on the lookout for those out to steal from government projects.

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