Professor George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education, has praised the process of implementing competency based curriculum citing that it is a plus to the Kenyan education system and it is worthwhile at the end as the curriculum is not exam-oriented.
According to him, the implementation of CBC at the primary level is going well and now the ministry is supposed to focus more on junior secondary countrywide.
This is coming in handy considering that the pioneers of the competency-based curriculum are now in grade five and are suppose to graduate to junior secondary come to the end of next year. The old curriculum is being phased out with the last group for the 8-4-4 system in grade six.
The professor while at Salabani primary school launching the reconstruction of the school after it was damaged by water due to lake Baringo overflowing said that the government of Kenya will do all that it takes to ensure full implementation of CBC no matter what the cost. There is no surrender, the process must continue.
He also added that those against the implementation will not succeed as the government and his ministry are determined to ensure the success of CBC implementation.
This comes barely after one week after a case was filled in court to stop or bar the implementation of a competency-based curriculum by president Nelson Havi of Kenya law society citing that the new curriculum is too costly for the parents as they have to purchase new textbooks and more exercise books are required because of the many subjects being taught under the competency-based curriculum. Previously only six subjects were being taught which amounts to six exercise books but now learners are required to have more than eleven books.
In his company was Chelugui Simon cabinet secretary for labour and social protection.
Some schools around Baringo county were closed due to insecurity reasons. The cabinet secretary maintained that these schools shall still be closed until such a time when the ministry of internal defence shall advise that they be reopened. This shall happen once the cabinet secretary ministry of interior and his team a certain that the areas are safe and out of any possible danger from the bandits.
However, the learning shall continue and measures must be put on board to ensure that learners from the aforementioned areas ( areas facing insecurity due to banditry) are not left behind. They must be at par with learners from other regions countrywide.
Salabani primary school is among other schools in Baringo county which were closed as a result of classrooms being rendered dysfunctional as they were submerged by water from Lake Baringo.
Baringo County is facing one challenge after another as other schools within the county were also closed due to insecurity reasons. Pupils and teachers from those schools shall remain at home as the schools will not reopen as of now.
Meanwhile, Kamuren Charles who is the honourable member of Parliament for Baringo south constituency expressed his gratitude to a funding organization for children ( child fund) for their support. The organization funded the reconstruction of one of the schools that were submerged. Salabani primary school.
In total seven schools were closed and out of this number, some will reopen. The other four schools shall remain closed.