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President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the Competency Based Curriculum, saying it will enhance competitiveness.

Many parents and other stakeholders complain CBC involves too much work and expense for parents, many of them lacking time and money to help make the system work.

“We have also delivered a national competency-based curriculum and on universal access to schooling, which will further boost competitiveness of our workforce,” Uhuru said during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

The president said CBC, which is among his greatest achievements, is aimed at preparing the country to produce decent and rewarding jobs.

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“We are implementing ambitious programmes to prepare the country… Our investments in roads, air and port infrastructure, and critical health care facilities throughout the country, are the most extensive and ambitious in our history,” he said.

“Kenya is blessed with a youthful, well-educated, and productive population that has managed to build one of the most vibrant mixed economies in Africa.”

A parent petitioned the High Court seeking to suspend further implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum for basic education.

Esther Ang’awa, who is also an advocate of the High Court, says the CBC has imposed an economic burden on children, teachers, parents and caregivers.

The national rollout of the CBC started in January 2019 at Pre-Primary I and II and Grades 1, 2 and 3 in lower primary.

The 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum was billed as a game-changer in the country’s education system as it seeks to plug gaps noted under the 8-4-4 system. It is yet to be fully embraced.

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