By Rop Janet and Albert Lemomo
Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang has reiterated that the new Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) is still the best module of education for the Kenyan children as it will put them at par with the rest of the World.
Speaking in Kajiado on Friday at Kajiado Township Primary School after attending the teacher training session on the new curriculum, the PS identified the new system as the main tool to avert recent suicide incidents by pupils due to bad results.
“As a country, it is high time we shifted our mindset from the old system whereby we issue report cards to our children to take home. After the implementation of this initiative, we will only be accessing the competence of every child individually without grading or determining their progression, and so, there won’t be much pressure to pass as all children will be allowed to undertake courses that are within their competency assessment report.” Kipsang noted.
According to Kipsang, the students will be assessed in English, mathematics and integrated learning to determine their capability to apply the knowledge, skills, attitude and values.
“The ongoing education reforms call for a shift in the mode of instruction and assessment, with emphasis on the use of key inquiry questions for each topic and we are still in the process of identifying assessment items that are being designed by teachers themselves,” he said, adding that the curriculum is based on a module schedule whereby learners will have a window of upscaling their training or skills depending on their competency and experience.
Kipsang commended teachers for ignoring boycott calls from Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and showing up for the training in large numbers.
“The training has been a success, teachers countrywide have been trained on the new curriculum and are ready to implement it so as to better the standards of education in the country and the future of our children.” Said Kipsang
KNUT had urged its members to boycott the training on the new curriculum pending dialogue at a national education conference with the aim of informing curriculum reforms.
Kajiado County Education Quality Assurance Officer Sammy Ng’ang’a’ said the training of teachers on the new CBC in Kajiado County has been a huge success with 1800 teachers trained.
“The training of teachers on the new CBC in Kajiado County has been flawless in all the 17 centres where the training took place. We have trained 1800 teachers and we are ready to implement the new curriculum,” said the official.
Meanwhile Grade Three learners studying the new competency-based curriculum launched this year will be subjected to a national assessment before proceeding to the next level.
The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) announced that learners will be subjected to a test called Kenya Early Years Assessment.
Knec Chief Executive Officer Mercy Karogo said the assessment will be done at the end of each tier of education.
This is unlike the 8-4-4 curriculum where learners have been sitting their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at the end of their year in Standard Eight.The new curriculum embraces a 2-6-3-3-3 system, that is: two years of pre-primary, three years of lower primary, three years of upper primary, three years of lower secondary, three years of senior secondary and three years of tertiary education.