4 Loopholes That Delayed Roll Out of New School Curriculum

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  • A report tabled in a closed door meeting between Education Ministry officials and stakeholders has revealed loopholes that delayed the roll out of the new school curriculum.

    Lack of funds, poorly trained teachers and failure by government to coordinate the review process in law are cited as some of the reasons.

    Infighting among those charged with delivering the new regime informed Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed’s conclusion that the country was not ready for the learner-centred Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

    Education CS Amina Mohammed with KCSE candidates

    According to the report there was ego wars between Teachers Service Commission (TSC), which is charged with facilitating training and providing classroom support, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) meant to provide expertise, ministry directorates which take care of resources and quality assurance and Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) for assessment and feedback.

    It reported that the review would cost Ksh365 billion, an amount not budgeted for in the current financial year.

    The report also proposed a new 2-9-3-3 system in place of the prior 2-6-3-3 system.

    The meeting was chaired by Education CS Amina Mohammed who pushed the roll out to 2020.

    She announced that the ministry had taken over key roles left to KICD, which was spearheading the process.

    “The new curriculum pilot will continue for another year, postponing the roll out for one more year to allow for alignment in the education sector and kick off in January 2020.

    “The worst thing that can happen is for us to roll out something that we are not all comfortable with. A little discomfort is acceptable but huge discomfort is unacceptable," stated Amina.

    Education CS Amina Mohamed (left) and Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang.