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Education Official Sues Magoha For Declining To Appoint CBC Quality Control Team

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha is in trouble once again, amidst the baggage associated with the competency-based curriculum, CBC. This time, Magoha has been sued due to his failure to appoint a team tasked to oversee the quality of education in the country.

The case, which has been filed by Education and Quality Assurance Council (ESQAC) chair, Dr Chris Galgalo, will open a fresh war on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

, Dr Galgalo, In his application, claims that the new curriculum was implemented minus testing and that Kenya’s education system lacks quality assurance as the CS has not yet appointed a team to do it.

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This current case will open another can of worms on the implementation of CBC, with the petitioner maintaining that school children are learning without checks and balances of the new education system.

The petitioner claims that the government should not only give learners access to education but should also ensure that learners access quality teachers and educational materials.

“This lack of quality assurance creates an endless curriculum learning free fall, especially those who are now faced with a new untested CBC programme,” said Galgalo through his lawyer.

The documents filed before High Court Judge Anthony Mrima show that Dr Galgalo was appointed by former Education minister Jacob Kaimenyi to head SQAC in 2019, and his term is expected to end in 2023.

He claims the appointment was communicated to the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education.

The judge heard that to date, the appointment has not been varied or revoked. However, he says, he holds an office that has not been operational.

Galgalo claims he wrote to Prof Magoha seeking his intervention in charting the way forward for the agency but has never received a response.

His lawyer told the court that Galgalo wrote to the Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, on the same but did not get any response.

“The first respondent (Magoha) has unlawfully failed to give effect to the statutory intendment of an operational and functional ESQAC in Kenya to the detriment of not only Kenyans, but the petitioner as well and in particular in breach of his legitimate expectation,” argued Kinyanjui.

Galgalo says subjecting children to an education system that has no quality assurance invalidates the time they spent learning.

“All children are entitled to access quality education which by law is envisaged to be overseen by ESQAC and quality assurance officers,” said Galgalo.

Galgalo now wants Magoha to appoint a team which will work under him. He also wants to be paid his dues from the time he was appointed.

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