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Sossion Wants State Officers Advocating For CBC Prosecuted

A section of parents, lead by nominated senator Wilson Sossion, have petitioned the national assembly to scrap the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and revert to the 8-4-4 system.

The petition, read by the nominated MP and former Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary-general, also seeks to have State officers who have been advocating for the implementation of the curriculum prosecuted for messing up the education system.

According to the petitioners, CBC is illegal since Section 41 of the Basic Education Act recognizes the 8-4-4 system and the law has not been amended.

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Further, the curriculum was poorly planned and hastily introduced in schools minus assessing the country’s resource constraints. Sossion added that it was rolled out without adequate data, such as number of schools and teachers in the country as the curriculum process was hijacked by technocrats and foreign consultants at the expense of practitioners.

Giving evidence from recent studies, Sossion argues that Kenyan schools are unprepared to implement the CBC system.

Due to the hurried roll-out, the petitioners said, a majority of teachers were not sufficiently trained on the CBC content and teaching methods. Further, parents have not been involved in the reform process through public awareness campaigns.

“There has been poor alignment between CBC formulation, teacher capacity development, selection and supply of learning materials and assessment, which has led to poor implementation and unavailability of relevant CBC materials,” the petition notes.

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya opposed the petition.

“These people who are challenging this system need to know that their children have gone through five years of a new education system. I don’t know what the intent is, should it now be reversed and the learners go back to Standard One in the 8-4-4 system?” he asked.

However, Speaker Justine Muturi halted the petition noting that there is already a pending case on the CBC implementation in court filed by Kenya Law Society President Nelson Havi a week ago

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development promised to give solutions to the issues that parents had and has been conducting stakeholders’ engagement on the CBC roll out.

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