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A good number of high school subjects will be merged under the new Competency-Based Curriculum, CBC.

The training manual used last week indicates that some subjects currently taught in secondary school and subjected to independent examinations will be merged with others, a move which according to experts, will lead to dilution of the syllabus.

Science subjects for instance would be collapsed into one subject having a combination of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Science to form Integrated Science.

Environmental science, public health, personal hygiene and nutrition to be collapsed as Health Education.

Pre-technical and Pre-Career Education teachers will handle Woodwork, Metalwork, Technical Drawing, Electricity, Electronics, Home Management, Typewriting, Shorthand, Textiles and Clothing, Auto Mechanics and Accounting.

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Core learning subjects in junior secondary schools would be English, Kiswahil, Mathematics, Agriculture, Home Science, Social Studies, Art and Craft, Music, Science and Technology, Religious Education and Physical Health Education.

“Collapsing all the science subjects into one called Integrated Science is diluting science subjects. You don’t expect a teacher handling the subject to be as comprehensive as it is presently,” says Jonathan Wesaya, a public policy expert.

Last week, the government organised a six-day training session targeting about 60,000 teachers from public and private schools. “Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has planned the above-stated training in each sub-county between May 9 -12, 2022.

In the letter addressed to all the TSC sub-county directors, Nzioka discloses that teacher participants would, besides being reimbursed Sh400 for transport for four days, would also be provided with lunch and two tea sessions at a cost of Sh500 per day and Sh100 once for stationery.

Private institutions were to pay Sh500 to the training centres for lunch each as well as provide transport for their members.

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