Stakeholders brainstorm on CBC system

The Civil Society is concerned about the pace of adoption of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), although it says the country is moving in the right direction.

At the same time, the government has decried the lack of accurate data to inform the distribution of equipment in schools.

On the other hand, teachers have decried intimidation over use of the equipment that is supplied by the government for the realization of the intake of the new curriculum.

“some schools don’t give us accurate data,” the Director of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Prof. Charles Ong’ondo said during the Nation Leadership Forum.

“The taste of a good system is the product,” said Zizi Afrique Executive Director, Dr. John Mugo.

The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Director General Dr. Alice Kande raise concern over the emphasis being put on papers over skills.

The first cohort of CBD students will be joining university in 2029.

Prof Kiplangat of Kabarak University said, “Universities are reviewing their curriculum already.”

The panelists were speaking during the first in-person, live town hall Nation Leadership Forum organized by the Nation Media Group (NMG) since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020.

Themed, “Global Perspectives in Kenya’s Education Reforms,” the forum seeks to stimulate discourse, encourage dialogue, shape opinions and key policy directions, while offering practical solutions on matters that are critical to Kenya’s growth.

The government rolled out CBC education system in 2017 to replace the 8-4-4 curriculum that had been in place since 1985.

But there have been various concerns from the education sector stakeholders, including the readiness of the country to adapt such a curriculum.

NMG Editor-in Chief Joe Ageyo said most schools are located in the rural settings where basic facilities remain a challenge.

However, Mr. Ageyo said exposure to global perspectives encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills, essential attributes for addressing complex global challenges such as climate change and poverty.

“Partnerships with international organizations, universities, and businesses can provide valuable insights and resources to support this endeavor,” Mr. Ageyo said.

“It is for this reason that this edition of the Nation Leadership Forum brings together experts in the education sector to not only explore opportunities around global perspectives in education but also Educating Competitive Citizens, Capacity Building and Infrastructure as well as Policy and Institutional Frameworks in our Educational system.”

By Daniel Ogetta