At least 90,000 teachers drawn from both public and private schools are attending a week long training program on the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) as schools prepare for grade five roll out in July this year.
The Principal Secretary State department for implementation of curriculum reforms Prof. Fatuma Chege while on a visit to one of the training centers at Moi Nyeri Complex School emphasized that CBC will improve education competencies and application of knowledge acquired.
Noting that no child is limited in ability Prof. Chege said the new curriculum would in the long run recognize every child’s talent and ability to perform in their respective area of skills.
Addressing school heads and teachers attending the training, the PS asked teachers to play a major role in guiding the learners and aid in identifying their skills at the same time inspire parents to appreciate the child’s gift and abilities.
“Unlike the current 8-4-4 system of education where learners are graded according to performance, CBC aims to bring out ever learners ability without discrimination since not all children are equal but are gifted differently,” said the Prof. Chege.
“I therefore urge parents and teachers to be empowered and understand the new curriculum so as to guide the learners to do what is expected” she added.
The PS said the CBC continuous and annual assessment will be used to guide in grading the learner’s competencies adding that there will also be frequent sensitization of CBC progress on curriculum design.
On transition to junior secondary under the new curriculum Prof. Chege said the ministry is reviewing placement policies so as to rationalize and determine how to utilize learning institutions’ infrastructure and distribute the available resources.
This she said will support in issuing guidance and recommendations to determine how the transition will be rolled out.
CBC pioneer group five-day training for school Heads and teachers is currently taking place in all counties.
The training organized by the Teacher’s Service Commission focuses on overview of the basic education curriculum framework, curriculum design and its components learning outcomes and assessment among other key areas.