Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi has said he will file a petition challenging the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) after parents decried high costs and inefficiency.
A statement shared on Facebook on Wednesday, September 9, the lawyer argued that education should be cheaper in Kenya when most citizens struggle with low incomes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have heard your cries parents, guardians, and teachers. The petition challenging CBC will be filed in court next week. The education system in Kenya should not be an expensive, inefficient and ineffective experiment with our children and their future as is our leadership,” he said.
CBC replaces 8-4-4
The CBC was launched in Kenya by the Ministry of Education in 2017. It was fronted by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) as the system to replace 8-4-4, which had been criticised for being heavy on theory.
Yet, students could not transfer the knowledge to real-life situations. The idea was to bring up holistic students who are critical thinkers and creators for a better nation in the years to come.
Even though most parents love the curriculum, according to a TUKO.co.ke poll, they believe it comes with extra financial obligations that some struggle with.
On every normal school week, a parent is expected to spend some money to acquire raw materials for the students to complete homework, expenses that have been added to the school fees.
Costly books Parents with learners in private schools raised concerns over what they termed as the high cost of books for the CBC pupils in Grade One (1). Learners in public schools and private low-cost primary schools are provided with books free of charge by the government.
But according to parents with learners in private schools who took their frustrations on social media platforms, the prices of the books are costly.