MPs Now Intervene After CBC Complains, Law Suit Threats

CS George Magoha during the Launch of Elimu Program on Thursday July 22,2021
  • Members of Parliament have finally intervened, following numerous complaints raised by parents and different stakeholders over the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

    The National Assembly Education Committee on Friday, September 10, summoned the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to address some of the pertinent issues affecting the implementation of the new curriculum

    The Busia County Woman Representative Florence Mutua-led committee wants KICD to shed light on some of the thorny issues, threatening the future of CBC, especially the burdensome homework.

    CS George Magoha during the Launch of Elimu Program on Thursday, July 22, 2021

    The lawmakers want KICD to come up with a clear framework to address issues raised derailing the gains in the implementation of CBC.

    They are pushing KICD to give clear guidelines to schools, teachers, parents, and different education stakeholders on the way to handle assignments and homework which has been the main area of contention in CBC.

    KICD has also been tasked to scale up response mechanisms to influence public perceptions on CBC. So far most people are of the opinion that the implementation of CBC is not possible.

    The legislators have also asked the agency to engage stakeholders and help them understand the salient features of CBC, so as to buy into it.

    KICD will also need to document all the concerns from stakeholders and come up with appropriate interventions to remedy the situation.

    The Education Committee is also concerned about parents’ complaints that CBC discriminates against the poor and have directed KICD to address the inequality and cost issues so that all benefit, including those in rural and marginalised areas.

    The Committee has further demanded that KICD move to scale up teacher training to sharpen the tutors’ skills in interpreting the CBC.

    Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha had earlier termed the complaints raised on the efficacy of CBC as just ‘nonsense.’

    The CS blamed political leaders and others he called “busybodies” for discrediting the new curriculum, which is still under implementation.

    Affirming his support to the system, Magoha claimed the CBC system is the best thing that has happened to his life.

    “All this nonsense you are hearing ignore them and I can assure you. In my life, I think the only thing that is happened now is the Competency-Based Curriculum. Let us not allow busybodies and politicians to divert us. Why would you think that we are not working behind the curtains to ensure that the transition is smooth?†he posed.

    Some Kenyans, including Law Society of Kenya president, Nelson Havi have threatened to file lawsuits against CBC next week.

    “I have heard your cries parents, guardians and teachers. The petition challenging CBC will be filed in court next week. The education system in Kenya should not be an expensive, inefficient and ineffective experiment with our children and their future as is our leadership” Havi said midweek.

    A teacher in a classroom
    A teacher with pupils in a classroom.