A section of education stakeholders has strongly opposed threats by some politicians to do away with the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) education system.
According to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Rift Valley region secretary Jacob Arusei, instead of abandoning the system, politicians should look for ways to make adjustments in the CBC education program.
“Politicians would rather say, when we take over power, we will improve CBC,” Arusei said.
On his part, the chairman of the National Parents Association Nicholas Maiyo said the CBC curriculum is better than the 8-4-4 system.
“The CBC curriculum has nurtured the talents of the children, sharpened their skills and it has also improved their values and virtues,” Maiyo said.
The stakeholders now say the next government should focus on making the new education system better, by adjusting areas that do not promote professionalism.
Many players in the education industry have supported CBC with calls for Kenyans to embrace it as it offers more opportunities among them to help young people identify their potential early.
The system was introduced in 2017.
It was researched and developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
The new curriculum is gradually being introduced and is steadily replacing the 8-4-4 education cycle.
At this point in time, 8 (of the 8-4-4 cycle) consisting of 8 years of primary education is being dismantled into a 6-year term.
The first batch of CBC pupils is expected to join the junior secondary school this year.
There have been efforts by the government to construct and equip junior secondary schools across the country.