By Mohamed Hassan – Kna Mombasa
The Ministry of Education will soon give Kenyans the opportunity to give their views on the newly introduced Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
Cabinet Secrtetary Prof. George Magoha announced that his Ministry will soon launch a nationwide county dialogue on the CBC in line with the public participation requirement in order to give the citizenry the chance to present their views on the new education system which will replace the 8-4-4 one in phases.
Prof Magoha urged all stakeholders to be part of this crucial national conversation to ensure successful implementation of the new curriculum.
”Implementation of the CBC requires that I engage all players as the curriculum gradually gets rolled out to higher grades,” said Prof Magoha during the 5th Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) Stakeholders conference and validation of 2019-2023 Strategic Plan in Mombasa.
In a speech read on his behalf by Kenya’s Ambassador/Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO Ms Phyllis Kandie, the CS said the government is committed to successfully implementing the CBC which underscores the need to ensure all learning is made contextually for every learner’s holistic growth and development.
Magoha said ‘’it is envisaged that this will lead to independent, confident, cooperative and inspired learners who can apply their learning to make constructive contributions as productive responsible citizens.’’
Prof Magoha called on UNESCO and the entire UN family to be part of the critical stakeholders consultation during the CBC implementation period, saying his ministry is focused on delivering quality education that empowers citizens with requisite skills.
The CS noted that his ministry recognizes the key role played by UNESCO in enhancing a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
Saying education is one of the major programmes in UNESCO, Prof Magoha commended the organization for playing a key role in promoting quality and inclusive lifelong learning.
”It is for this reason that UNESCO has been charged with the responsibility of SDG4, Education 2030 Agenda,” added the CS.
He also lauded KNATCOM for its achievements since it was reconstituted as a state corporation in 2013 including its contribution towards promotion of quality education in the country.
Prof Magoha added ”I am happy to note that your Strategic Plan (2019-2023) has incorporated the national, regional and global commitments including the Big Four Agenda, Continental Strategy for Education in Africa, Africa Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development.”
KNATCOM Secretary General Dr Evangeline Njoka said they will support the recently introduced Competency Based Curriculum and work with all the partner institutions to create a future generation of Kenyans who have the skills and knowledge adaptability that can thrive in a 21st century economy.
She said ”KNATCOM strives to promote a future of peace and stability, and a future with quality education and competent learners with relevant skills for the job market.”
Dr Njoka who is also the CEO said all their programmes are enablers to the Big Four Agenda of Manufacturing, Affordable housing, Universal health care and Food security.
KNATCOM acting Chairman Prof Fredrick Gravenir said the forum provided stakeholders with an opportunity to contribute to and validate the Commission’s draft 2019-2023 Strategic Plan which is expected to drive KNATCOM’s strategic direction in the next five years
Prof Gravenir said ‘to ensure quality service delivery to our customers, KNATCOM has documented its processes and is implementing a Quality Management System. We have received a green light to be certified under the International Standard ISO 9001: 2015,’ said Prof. Gravenir.
The three-day workshop that ended on Friday and whose theme was ‘’Promoting Kenya’s Realization of National, Regional and Global Priorities, was also addressed by the former Kenya Ambassador to UNESCO Dr Mary Khimulu.