CBC Takes a New Twist As KICD Takes A step That Has Left Education Ministry Guessing

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development has begun a process of reviewing the new Skills-Based Program (CBC) in an effort to address the challenges posed by education stakeholders, the government has announced.

According to the KICD, the review process will focus on pre-year levels including Pre-Primary I, Pre-Primary II, and Grades One, Second and Third based on feedback received from the field and stakeholder feedback.

“We are already working on reviewing the first years up to the third grade and our quality assurance teams are working,” said Prof Charles Ong’ondo, KICD’s chief executive officer.

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He said however the results of the response would be known by the end of the five-year implementation cycle next year.

Ong’ondo yesterday said more classes would be reviewed by the end of next year, five years after the national establishment.

By this time, the implementation of the Comprehensive Learning Program (CBC) will have included Grade 6.

“I want to make sure we are in the fifth grade in the implementation of CBC. We are starting Grade 6 in April 2022 and by the end of this the cycle will end and we will start reviewing, ”said Ong’ondo.
The announcement follows an escalation of the debate on CBC which highlighted the various challenges parents, teachers and students faced during its implementation.

Despite numerous criticisms from various quarters, Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha said the implementation of the CBC would continue.

“It’s the most flexible thing I’ve ever seen  this CBC will stay here,” Magoha said on September 14.

Speaking to the media, Ong’ondo said the International Bureau of Education under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that after five years the curriculum should be reviewed.

“By the end of next year, the implementation cycle will be over, which will open the door for review,” Ong’ondo said.

During the review, Ong’ondo said: “We will look at the content and ask if there may be overcrowding in some sections or classes.”

He said the review would also look at teaching and learning resources, “and we would be asking questions such as whether we wanted to excel in certain areas. We would also look at teacher education and see if there are gaps in expectations for parents and others.

In a review of the first years, Ong’ondo said the response from CBC implementation has already revealed significant challenges.

“For example, we have been told that the time allocated to Swahili, English and Literacy is not enough,” Ong’ondo said.

He said there was a lot of feedback left in the sector but this should be taken up with KICD accreditation procedures before they can be made public.

The KICD statement comes days after Basic Education Minister Jwan Julius said the CBC would be reviewed after the fifth year in office.

“All the concerns raised now are healthy and will help KICD when the CBC review begins,” Jwan said.

PS said KICD is expected to develop a tool that will be used to gather information from parents, teachers and other education stakeholders in areas that need to be reviewed.

“Based on the response from the sector, it will be known which areas of the CBC need to be refined to improve and improve,” Jwan said, adding that concerns expressed by Kenyans and the response of stakeholders will eventually be taken through public authorization.

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