Gachagua: We Cannot Abolish CBC

Gachagua to Launch CBC Taskforce Today Despite Stakeholder Concerns

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua will this morning launch the taskforce on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

The 42-member team, to be chaired by Prof Raphael Munavu, will do a summative evaluation of the new education system, assessing and recommending an appropriate structure to implement it.

The team will also study the laws governing the basic education subsector and make recommendations.

President William Ruto set up the task force last month, saying the concerns raised on CBC implementation will soon be addressed.

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The team will “review implementation of CBC so that it can help our children and remove the burden put on parents,” Ruto said.

Ruto said the task force will subsist for six months and should issue him progress reports every two months and a final one after the six months.

He also said the team may co-opt such other persons, who possess the appropriate competencies, as it may consider necessary for the proper performance of its functions.

Players in the university sector prepare to make their submissions to the working group tomorrow.

The head of the newly-appointed Commission for University Education (CUE), Mike Kuria (left), said it is critical that universities start thinking on how the people who are in the CBC programme will be transiting to universities in a short while.

“We need to think about a number of things, like how we are going to admit them, the fact that CBC constitutes different ways of learning. Will  the universities be prepared to receive these students, who are going to be learning in a different way than the traditional students,” said Kuria.

He made the remarks as he took office at CUE, having been appointed by the outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha, to replace the incumbent, Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi in July.

“We should be thinking about the kind of training for jobs that do not even exist since the changes are taking place very quickly,” he added.

He said that the conversation on how best to implement CBC should not only be in basic learning institutions but also at the universities.

Kuria also talked of the need for universities to take charge of quality assurance in their institutions and not just wait for CUE to police them.

He called for good ties with universities in neighbouring countries even as Kenya embraces a new system.

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