George Kebaso and Lydiah Nyanchwa A survey has revealed that more than half of teachers are unhappy about the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). The outcome of the survey conducted in six regions of the country and in 224 schools, underline the challenges the curriculum rolled out early this year is likely to face in implementation. \u201cMajority of the responses indicated that 57.4 per cent of teachers\u2019 union representatives and 30.1 per cent of individual teachers surveyed, respectively, indicated that the implementation of CBC is not appropriate,\u201d says the report. But 40.5 per cent of parents and 30.1 per cent of teachers think the appropriateness of the implementation of the new system is average, according to the survey findings released yesterday during the opening of the Elimu Tuitakayo National Stakeholders Conference at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. Dubbed Summative Evaluation of the Pilot Phase of CBC in Kenya, the survey was commissioned by the Kenya National Union of Teachers and carried out by a group of scholars and researchers. No consultation Participants at the conference accused the government of pushing down the throats of Kenyans a system that they understand little about. University Academic Staff Union secretary general Constantine Wasonga and Kenya Human Rights Commission executive director George Kegoro said the government had not adequately consulted stakeholders before rolling out the curriculum. \u201cAn education system implemented without consultations would fail,\u201d Wasonga said. He wondered why publishers were more keen to have CBC implemented than teachers who are at the centre of its execution. \u201cWhy rush the implementation of this curriculum as if we are in a do-or-die game? We suspect that the rush is aimed at benefitting some cartels. There is a hidden agenda,\u201d he added. Kegoro claimed donors were mounting pressure on the government to implement CBC. \u201cIt is becoming clear that the government is keen to safeguard its relationship with foreign countries,\u201d he said. The study captured the opinions of 672 teachers and 56 Quality Assurance Officers. It also found out that, contrary to the CBC\u2019s requirements of one locker and chair for every child, about six children were sharing a desk. \u201cIn a classroom of 100 pupils where each is entitled to an evaluation book, we found out that learners were sharing books,\u201d says the report. The survey also revealed a shortage of facilities such as swimming pools and sports grounds in learning institutions. Conducted between January and July, the study says the piloting of the new system had little impact on learners. \u201cBefore the national roll-out of the CBC in 2019, the Ministry of Education piloted the CBC in selected schools whose findings show the piloting had no impact on the effectiveness of the implementation,\u201d said the report. The authors of the report say that if indeed the piloting was effective, then students from pilot schools could have performed better than those in other schools. Pilot impact The study compared those who were piloted from 2017 and 2018 by the ministry and those who were enrolled in 2019. \u201cFrom the study, we concluded that the pilot phase has no effect on the learners. It also shows that the tests were marked and the maximum score for each skill was calculated and indicates that generally, the students are still weak in the competencies expected of them,\u201d the report says. In the CBC pilot tests, pupils in critical, imaginative and creative thinking subjects, they were awarded 23, 20 and 16 respectively, while those tested on citizenship and problem solving scored one.