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Government responds to parents’ concerns over the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC)

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has responded over the ongoing debate on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

In a statement issued  by the KICD, the body said that it is aware of the issues raised by parents whose children are learning under the CBC system.

They however, stated that the system will not be dropped but promised to improve the curriculum.

“Let us not throw the baby out with the bath water. #CBC is being implemented in phases to pave way for a smooth transition and to fix emerging issues. Parents, we have heard you. We need to exercise restraint as the issues raised are being reviewed by the relevant entities,” KICD stated.

A section of Kenyan parents have been complaining over the cost of workbooks and projects required for learners under the CBC system.

Gilgil Member of Parliament, Martha Wangari, complained over the overemphasized involvement of a parent in the learning process.

In her statement, Wangari raised concerned on how much work it had taken to help her child with the homework project noting that teachers were asking for too much from parents.

“Yani this CBC will show us things. You should have seen me looking for feathers, then they are wet… you dry kwa jiko ama blow dry. We need a hardship allowance, sisi CBC parents,” Wangari posted.

Kitui Central Member of Parliament Makali Mulu said: “We rushed the CBC system and that’s why we have a lot of challenges implementing it. We did not get it right in terms of preparation.”

Former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion termed the CBC as a fraudulent initiative intended to water down the gains made in the education sector.

This comes after the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi had expressed his interest in taking the matter to court, arguing that the education system in Kenya should not be an expensive affair.

“I have heard your cries parents, guardians and teachers. The petition challenging CBC will be filed in Court next week. The education system in Kenya should not be an expensive, inefficient and ineffective experiment with our children and their future as is our leadership” Havi said.

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