Support CBC Fully Or Watch It Subsidize; Oparanya Warns Government
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has asked the National Government to fully fund or subsidize the implementation of the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) to ensure its success.
Speaking during a prize giving ceremony at Mabole secondary school in Butere sub county, Oparanya said a lot of resources should be invested in infrastructure development in schools.
“The new education system is good but the government did not plan adequately before rolling it out,” he said.
Oparanya argued that the new system will have a heavy economic impact on the country’s economy as schools will require more classrooms, dormitories and other facilities. The County chief said effects of the new system will be felt in 2023 when schools will be required to have double Form one intake.
According to Oparanya, CBC is so demanding yet the government seems so shortsighted about it. There is need to construct additional classrooms, procure the required resources and train teachers. The governor revealed that what the government is doing now is theoretical training of teachers, yet teachers need the practical aspects of CBC to be able to fully implement it.
The governor noted that centers of excellence have been set up in 25 secondary schools while a similar number of primary schools have been supported through building of classrooms and other facilities. He reiterated that the County supports 35 students enrolled in various universities in China.
A number of stakeholders have faulted CBC, including former KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion, who in his utterances, maintain that CBC was ill timed and will fail.