Submit your views on CBC to taskforce, Magoha tells public

Friday, September 6th, 2019 00:00 |
Kagoto Primary School Grade Three pupils, donning homemade sack aprons and improvised brooms and rakes, clean up Heshima market in Bahati, Nakuru county, yesterday. It was part of Environmental Studies assessment under the Competency-Based Curriculum. Photo/PD/Raphael Munge

The Ministry of Education has invited Kenyans to air their views on the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) before September 20.

Through a notice published in the Kenya Gazette yesterday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha asked citizens who have views on the new curriculum to submit them to the 26-member taskforce.

The team, led by Kenyatta University deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of administration Prof Fatuma Chege, will receive views on transition of Grade Six cohort and Standard Seven and Eight pupils in 2023, domiciling of Grades Seven, Eight and Nine— which will constitute Junior Secondary School— within the basic education structure, and competence-based assessment.

Some Kenyans have questioned whether the Junior Secondary programme will fit in the basic education structure.

Deliver submissions

The task force will also take views on strategies for implementation of Senior Secondary pathways, conceptualisation of competence-based pre-service teacher education, design and implementation of value based education, community service learning, and parental empowerment and engagement programmes.

“The memoranda should also take into consideration special education (the gifted and talented, learners with disabilities, and those with learning disabilities),” adds the notice.

Kenyans should deliver their submissions by hand at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

Magoha formed the task force in June to spearhead implementation of the CBC, which has placed the government at loggerheads with some Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) members.

The team was given one year to come up with a comprehensive report on how the curriculum will be implemented and on the working relationships between the two levels of government on the implementation of pre-primary education curriculum.

Meanwhile, residents of Heshima market in Bahati, Nakuru county, were yesterday treated to a rare show by Kagoto Primary School pupils as they engaged in a clean-up exercise as part of CBC.

Adorned in home-made aprons as safety gear, the Grade Three learners showcased their skills in making of rudimentary sweeping brooms, rakes and gloves as part of their cleaning assignment. 

Instill values

The rigorous exercise which lasted for about an hour left the market clean and the pupils more informed on the need for conservation.

Their teacher Gladys Muthoni said the clean-up exercise would be part of their end of term examinations.

Onlookers lauded the CBC, saying it would instill key values in children. 

Phyllis Maina, a trader at the market, urged parents to help the government ensure the curriculum thrives throughout the country.  - Alvin Mwangi and Roy Lumbe 

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