The ministry of education (MOE) in conjunction with the Kenya institute of curriculum development (KICD) and the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) is working on reforms in the education sector day in day out. The reforms in the education sector are necessary and are meant to add value to learners’ academic and professional qualifications by offering learners additional important skills and core life values.
Consequently, the ministry of education (MOE) and the teacher service commission (TSC) have introduced the competency-based curriculum (CBC) to replace the 8.4.4 curriculum. The new curriculum is being implemented and everyone is slowly adapting to it.
CBC Core Competencies
The seven core competencies that every learner should achieve in Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) are as follows:
- Communication and collaboration
- Imagination and creativity
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Learning to learn
- Digital literacy
CBC Life Values
The curriculum projects that by the end of the learning period the learner should be molded to acquire the following life values:
Learners and teachers have embraced the curriculum because it is more practical-oriented than paperwork. The practical nature of the new curriculum is going to enable learners to acquire more life skills to help them compete in the job market in the future.
Reports from trusted sources have it that in the new curriculum secondary school teachers will handle three subjects. As a result, teachers joining colleges and universities to pursue education courses have been strict guidelines to adhere to.
As per the guidelines from the stakeholders, the following subjects are going to be taught in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC):
- Social studies
- Life skills
- Health education
- Integrated science
- Pre technical and Pre care education
- Physical education and sports
- Performing arts
- Visual arts
- Home science
- Computer science
- Kenya sign language
- Legal and ethical issues in arts
- Indigenous language
- Communication skills
- Fine art
- Time-based media
- Applied art
- Crafts citizenship and history.
- Business studies
- Community service learning
- Home management
- Food and nutrition.
Due to an increased number of subjects to be taught, the government is likely to recruit more teachers and train them to acquire the necessary skills to make teaching and learning more successful. This move will greatly reduce their workload and ensure efficiency in the teaching and learning process.
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