BY JOAN WANJIKU/CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,15TH JULY 2019-Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha says Sessional Paper 1 (2019) on Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) which he says will clarify on contested issues around ongoing curriculum reform efforts is key in the whole process. Magoha said on Monday urging legislatures to hasten its adoption .
He said the Sessional Paper will put to rest ongoing politics over the rollout of CBC.
Magoha who spoke at Nakuru Boys High School during the launch of the 2019 Dialogues on Quality Education , said the Ministry of Education will nonetheless proceed with the rollout of CBC despite opposition from a section of stakeholders.
“This does not mean to say that we need a sessional paper to continue CBC, it will only help end the hullabaloo by the naysayers,” he said.
Magoha admitted that there were several challenges in primary schools among them infrastructural and assured stakeholders that the ministry will work to resolve them.
He said the government has allocated Sh300 million towards improving infrastructure in primary schools this year.
“We cannot deny that there are challenges and it is also a fact that we can never be ready to start, the best thing is to start and troubleshoot as we move on,” he said.
The CS added that 100000 lower primary school teachers were trained on CBC during the April holiday and a similar number for Grade IV will be trained during the upcoming August holiday.
Magoga who was accompanied by Nakuru Deputy Governor, Erick Korir, asked the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to sensitize the public on the impending assessment for Grade III pupils.
“In simple terms the assessment for pupils in Grade III is not an examination neither will it impose bottleneck for the learners,” he assured.
He said there will be internal assessment tests at Grade VI to ascertain the progress made by learners.
Maghoha said the government had supplied text books for lower primary pupils between Grades I and III adding that text books for Grade IV are in the process on being printed.
He also urged the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to ensure the books are supplied on time so as not to be a stumbling block to the process which he says has kicked off well.