A case challenging the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) is set for hearing on 27th April 2022.
The five judge bench will hear the case challenging roll-out of the new curriculum.
The five judges hearing is after High Court judge Anthony Mrima found the case filed by lawyer Esther Ang’awa raised weighty issues, which require more than one judge to settle.
The judge called on Chief Justice Martha Koome to appoint the bench.
“I certify CBC petition as raising substantial and novel issues requiring consideration by an uneven number of judges, of not less than five, to be assigned by the Chief Justice,” he said.
Ang’awa has sued Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), the National Assembly and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.
At the heart of the case is whether CBC was rolled out without prior preparations and consultations.
At the same time, Ms. Ang’awa argues that teachers are ill-prepared, and that implementation of the new curriculum will harm children’s future.
However, in their separate replies, the five accused, with the support of the National Parents Association (NPA) want the court to dismiss the case.
Through its lawyer Elizabeth Akinyi, NPA said Ang’awa has not undertaken to compensate those who will be affected by the orders.
However the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development CEO Prof Charles Ong’ondo warned that reversing the Competency Based Curriculum would cost the country more than sh. 200 billion.
The KICD boss says the government rolled out CBC after conducting intensive stakeholder consultations in response to the needs of the 21st century about creativity, imagination and digital literacy.
His sentiments came after Alliance National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, said his Kenya Kwanza alliance will scrap CBC once they form the next government.
Mudavadi said the programme was implemented in a rush, and without consultation with stakeholders.
“The controversial Competence-Based-Curriculum of education will be scraped once the Ruto/Mudavadi government takes power in August,” he said.
The ANC leader through his party said the CBC system is a burden to parents in the country.
“This year parents have suffered. This system is good but maybe it has been implemented hurriedly. We don’t know when a term started or when it ends. If elected, we will do away with the system,” Mudavadi said in Busia.
However the KICD boss warned against such move saying every education reform has its “teething problems” and “some discomfort,”.
Ong’ondo says its impossible to do away with CBC as this will prove more costly to the country.
“Reversing CBC is like saying we do away with the 2010 Constitution or uproot the standard gauge railway. We would lose more than Sh200 billion invested in CBC so far,” Professor Ong’ondo said.
The KICD boss says the Competency Based Curriculum is designed to solve many problems that came with the 8.4.4 curriculum.
“If we scrap CBC, it’s like saying we go back and stop thinking about the digital world; it is like saying we go back to the knowledge-based era of recalling without the ability to demonstrate what has been learned,” he said.
Though Mudavadi argues that wide consultations were not made, the Ministry of Education officials have dismissed such claims that it rushed to implement the competency-based curriculum.
KICD assistant director Subira Neema said the reforms were taken through intense research and assessment.
“What probably our audience doesn’t know is when this process started, it started way back in 2005 and a lot of processes that were informed by research happened,” Neema said.
The assistant director added that a pilot programme was conducted before the official national rollout.
“We started with a pilot in 2017 and 2018 and then we had the national rollout. From there, we have had grade-by-grade transition,” she added.
The pioneer class is in Grade 5 and will transition to Grade 6 in April. This will be the end of upper primary school.
Neema further said the current curriculum is aligned with social and political dynamics faced in the world.
“We know that these are not static, they change from time to time and therefore it is incumbent upon the Education ministry to then look at how it addresses the issues that arise,” she said.
Curriculum Reforms and Implementation PS Fatuma Chege urged parents to be supportive of CBC.
“The current reforms that are being implemented were envisioned in Vision 2030, when you want to draw a vision for your country, education becomes the core of your social pillar,” Chege said.
She faulted private school heads who impose numerous books to be bought by parents.
“The schools which were demanding more books than the ones required by the ministry were identified and asked to pull out,” she said.
From the layman’s point of view, the courts have nothing to do. That’s why they are wasting time on microscopic cases like the CBC. In essence CBC train is on the run & no turning back. Not even Mt. Fire can stop it.
This little sense is seen even with a first comer to school.
My learned friends in the judiciary can’t see this & stop wasting time & resources on judiciary explicit nothing.
We know the outcome of the case but if you’re deaf, Aluta continua.
Let these so called opponents to CBC keep off completely. This curriculum was designed for the have-not who are capable of using their competencies to make their lives better.
The current curriculum takes care of those who are able to buy their way through any situation, any examination, any interview, any political competition, almost through the gates of heaven.
Like the late BBI, CBC was actually pushed and bulldozed through the stages its proponents claim to have undertaken.
The driving force behind this forceful push was the funding and control of the same. What we are therefore saying is that “Kama ni biashara, walifanya but then its time to salvage our children’s future at whatever cost. Hii mambo ya sijui we’ve spent 200B can be swept under the carpet for its not worthy our Children’s future.
Let it go it is a burden to the parents and if they want it to be there let them provide all the materials for practical parents are straining a lot hii kitu ifutiliwe mbali kabisa
It’s a program that even the CS himself don’t believe in. C’s Amina said that it not well prepared, she was pushed out. In came the subdued Makgoha and he had tone the line. In His words he retires with UK since he knows it’s messed CBC
CBC is really a burden of most parents in the rural areas.
hii cbc ni headache.wazazi wenye hawana pesa wako taabani.hii cbc ni ya matajiri,mhurumie wazazi na kutubulia mbali hii kitu