CBC learners doing their class practical.

Don’t Scrap CBC But Improve It, KNUT Tells Politicians

There has been an ongoing debate on whether the new education system – Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) should be scrapped or not.

This follows utterances by Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi that should he form the government, he will scrap the system.

But according to the Kenya National Union of Teachers Eldoret West Executive Secretary Jacob Arusei, instead of scrapping the new education system, the politicians should be looking at ways to make it better.

Jacob Arusei.

Arusei in a phone interview with Uasin Gishu News, notes that the government has invested a lot in implementing CBC, and scrapping it would not be logical.

“A lot of resources and time has been used in CBC implementation – teachers have been trained, and a lot of work done. There are only a few areas that need to be refined, but not to be scrapped completely,” he said.

The Rift Valley region KNUT secretary however says even if it’s refining the education system, it will not be the work of politicians but them as professionals.

“It’s we the professionals that should be engaged to help in refining – not how the politicians see themselves,” noted the KNUT official.

He further admitted that the Ministry of Education failed to follow all the needed procedures when implementing CBC, leaving it with some loopholes.

According to Arusei, the new education system did not go through one key stage of curriculum development.

“In curriculum development, there are 9 stages, so there was one stage that the system did go through well. After the piloting CBC, the ministry was supposed to go back to evaluation before implementation. That never happened,” said the KNUT Eldoret West boss.

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