CS Magoha to Critics: Government Not Going Back on the CBC
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha has warned critics of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) that the new curriculum is here to stay.
A number of critics have claimed the new system has placed a huge burden on the already cash strapped pockets of many a parent across the country.
The CS has come forward and rubbished those claims while adding that teachers should use what is at their disposal to ensure the curriculum rolls on.
Critics cited printing as the sticking point, to which the CS responded by telling them that teachers should use what they have at their disposal to ensure the curriculum is implemented.
The inception of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is undergoing implementation across all Kenyan schools with it now phasing out the former 8-4-4 system.
Prof Magoha did acknowledge that the implementation of the CBC is not perfect but insisted that the implementation of the new curriculum has to continue.
“It is not perfect but the train has already left. Let us not distract parents and the five million children who have already fallen in love with the CBC that you shall stop it in court,” said CS Magoha.
On Printing, CS Magoha said that it will not be mandatory and implored teachers to be innovative and use what is at their disposal. Projectors have also been touted but it remains to be seen exactly how teachers will adapt to the new demands of the CBC.
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CS Magoha also warned those politicizing the issue of the CBC, telling them that their efforts are not going to bear any fruits. However, the CS revealed that he could listen only to criticism that is reasonable.
CS Magoha is not the only one in support of the CBC. The Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) National Chairperson Johnson Nzioka voiced his support of the CBC as he said that learners have received the new curriculum with happiness.
“Our children have the happiest index, thanks to the CBC. Because of this, they do not have stress over the exams. The assessment is also friendlier,” he noted.
The Principal Secretary in charge of the Implementation of Curriculum Reforms, Fatuma Chege revealed that the government has utilized a multi-agency approach to implementing curriculum reforms. She added that the government has set up clear ways of placing the Pioneer CBC learners (now in class five) into secondary schools.