President Uhuru Kenyatta has hailed the roll out of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
He said despite its challenges, is one that has nevertheless been fully embraced by all stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the country will not look back in its effort to replace the old 8:4:4 curriculum.
“We successfully commenced the roll-out of the Competency Based Curriculum, an exercise, which, while not without its challenges, is one that has nevertheless been fully embraced by all stakeholders in the education sector. I assure this distinguished sitting that the journey to replace the 8.4.4 system with the new fit-for-purpose curricula, is well underway,” he said.
Currently of the CBC classes only Grade 4 is in school. The others including Grade 1, 2, and 3 are expected to join when schools fully reopen in January 2021.
The candidate classes reopened and the President has said they will be carefully monitored to ensure they are safe.
“The gradual and phased reopening of schools that began with the examination classes is being carefully monitored at all levels so as to ensure that our Young Kenyans are safe and secure as they continue preparing for their national examinations. refinements are being undertaken in the course of implementation,” the President said today.
Already Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to roll out its November 2020 CBC training targeting 18,000 teachers.
However the training will begin on 23rd November for training of CSOs and CBC champions who will in turn train teachers in their zones.
The training will begin for primary and secondary teachers on 29th November 2020.
The Head teachers are required to attend the training for one day and on the first day of zonal teacher training while the teachers will be trained for 5 days.
The CBC class is expected to spill over to grade five next year after the Education CS George Magoha said no academic year will be lost and no learner will repeat class when schools fully reopen early January 2021.
The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development-KICD said it is finalising printing of curriculum designs for Grade 5 to prevent delays in supply of curriculum books in the next academic year.
KICD said the Course Books and Teacher’s Guides for Grade 5 have been completed.
The move will ensure publishers have enough time to print text books for pupils presently in Grade 4 joining Grade 5 in the next academic year.
KICD also said the curriculum designs for Grade 6 are undergoing final review.
It said it is currently in the process of developing the curriculum designs for Grade 7-9, and the scope and sequence charts for Grade 10-12.
However Knut has been opposed to the rollout of the curriculum saying teachers have never been fully involved in the process.