PARENTS NOT HAPPY

'We have heard you!' KICD says parents' concerns on CBC to be reviewed

Havi said he will be filing a petition next week challenging the CBC.

In Summary

• CBC advocates the use of locally available resources to encourage innovation, originality, imagination and creativity in carrying out tasks.

• Parents have been complaining about the Competency-Based Curriculum saying they are being given too much work on behalf of their children.

Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia, Education CS George Magoha and other education stakeholders during a press briefing at KICD Headquarters.
Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia, Education CS George Magoha and other education stakeholders during a press briefing at KICD Headquarters.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Let us not throw the baby out with the bathwater, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development has pleaded.

Parents have been complaining about the Competency-Based Curriculum saying they are being given too much work on behalf of their children.

Parents have been angered with many of them narrating their experiences on social media.

"CBC is being implemented in phases to pave way for a smooth transition and to fix emerging issues," KICD said on Thursday.

"Parents, we have heard you. We need to exercise restraint as the issues raised are being reviewed by the relevant entities."

On Wednesday, the Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi said he will challenge the curriculum in court.

Havi said he will be filing a petition next week challenging the CBC.

"I have heard your cries parents, guardians and teachers. The petition challenging CBC will be filed in court next week," he said.

"The education system in Kenya should not be an expensive, inefficient and ineffective experiment with our children and their future as is our leadership."

Some parents have expressed concerns about the expense of the new curriculum which is to replace the 8-4-4 system.

Their anger is mostly due to the many books they have been asked to buy for their children who recently started the first term of the 2021 academic calendar.

Last week, KICD through a press release clarified that CBC has nothing to do with parents being asked to buy a collection of books in the guise that they are related to the curriculum.

Teachers are expected to make rational decisions on what is required to aid learning, depending on where a school is located.

The curriculum designs that the teachers prepare for lessons.

CBC advocates the use of locally available resources to encourage innovation, originality, imagination and creativity in carrying out tasks.

They do not for instance prescribe that something must be printed for it to pass the test of being CBC compliant.

CBC is also designed to connect with Vision 2030 besides linking us with the regional countries and the world at large.

Edited by D Tarus