Ministry of Education urged  to ensure continuous review of CBC

Ministry of Education urged to ensure continuous review of CBC

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,20TH SEPT,2021-The Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) is calling on the Ministry of Education to allow for and facilitate continuous review and meaningful public participation in the ongoing roll-out and implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) if the new system of education is to achieve its noble objectives.

In a statement Sunday, the group says there is no denying the fact that the CBC provides a much more meaningful learning process; enabling students to be fully engaged in the learning process; be active participants in learning processes; constructive, and acquire life-long skills as opposed to rote learning.

“The CBC is better designed to promote higher retention and transfer of knowledge, skills, and experiences, aspects that are lacking in the rote learning that has been the basis of the previous and the 8.4.4 systems of education. In addition to being tailored for different types of learners, encouraging understanding and active learning techniques as opposed to mere memorization, the CBC focuses on the outcome of the learning process while at the same time also enabling learners to relate new information to prior knowledge,” read the statement.

They however noted that as superior as the CBC education system may be, its goals and objectives may not be attained if its implementation is rushed without sufficient planning and preparation of its core curriculum and complementary learning materials.

“As such, the Ministry of Education and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) must develop an effective stakeholder engagement strategy that constantly maps areas of emerging concern on the CBC, engages the various stakeholders at any given stage of the roll-out and implementation of the CBC, and publicly communicates such engagements to inform the public on the actions and interventions taken with the stakeholders,” added the statement.

This way, they said hiccups being experienced, including the concerns that parents and other stakeholders have raised can be corrected as the CBC is implemented.

Adding that the national government bears the greatest responsibility on matters of policy and resourcing of education at all levels except at the pre-primary level.

They also noted that other than the annual budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Education, the national government has avenues with other funds and mechanisms that can help to address some of the teething challenges in the implementation of the CBC.

” It would not be asking too much if the Ministry was to appeal to the 290 National Government Constituency Development Committees (NG-CDFs) to prioritize construction and equipping of workshops that may be required for the handiwork that comes with CBC. Similarly, and within the context of cooperation between the national and county governments, the public would not view it as far-fetched were the national government to ask county governments to equip kindergartens with some of the learning materials that learners at that level may need to begin their orientation on the CBC,” read part of the statement.

They called on the Ministry of Education to seize every available opportunity to address all concerns arising from the implementation of the new curriculum as they emerge to ensure and guarantee its success.

saying by doing so, the government and by extension the Ministry of Education will ensure that there is democratic ownership of the new education system, enjoying the full support of all stakeholders for the benefit of learners and the wider society overall.

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