CBC (Competency-Based Curriculum) is here to stay and will not be back to the 8 – 4 – 4 system, the Education CS, George Magoha has said.
CBC, according to Magoha, is intended to prevent exam cheating and improve learners’ skills.
Magoha, in a direct rebuttal to CBC critics, stated that the curriculum will not be reversed.
This comes just days after the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, led by Deputy President William Ruto, promised to abolish the system if elected.
Musalia Mudavadi, the ANC’s leader, and Moses Wetang’ula, the CEO of Ford Kenya, have both pledged to abolish the scheme.
“Nobody is going to dare, no matter who he is, to take our children back.
‘You may bark out there, but you aren’t going to take our children back to a standard one to start preparing for KCPE. Mothers aren’t going to allow you. Who do you think you are? Tell me,” Magoha said.
On Wednesday, the CS delivered a news conference at St. Mary’s Mukunike secondary school in Kangundo, Machakos County, where he commissioned a CBC classroom built by the Ministry of Education.
According to the CS, CBC would be housed in senior schools, with some in primary schools.
“We have about 1, 500 primary schools and we have put all of them in GIS. 1500 schools have such excess capacity that will be wise for the government to make them junior secondary schools while the rest will be high schools,” Magoha said.
He said the ministry decided to consolidate schools after extensive consultations and ensure that each has less than 30 students.
According to Magoha, this will result in the elimination of 643 examination centers around the country.
According to him, if the consolidation approach is fully implemented, the number of security officers stationed in examination centers would be reduced as well.