Private school owners from Nyamira and Kakamega counties have given their two cents in the debate on the effectiveness of the Competency Based Curriculum, which they say recognizes exceptional student talent from an early age.
People from Nyamira County led by Charles Onsongo Mochama said the curriculum should be adopted because it allows students to specialize in their profession.
With the adoption of the system, the country will have sufficient workforce by 2030, he said.
“This system allows us to train talented people to work anywhere in the world,” Mochama said.
Mochama, owner of Set Green Hill and Imperial Academies, one of the top KCPE schools in Nyamira and Kisii counties, disclosed that many states offer courses based on the curriculum.
He noted that the United States, South Africa, the Netherlands and New Zealand are some of the countries that have developed CBC systems, despite claims by some parents that the system is expensive.
“The curriculum is cheap in the long run because it encourages improvisation and taking material from the immediate environment.”
Kakamega colleagues echoed this sentiment, saying they would adopt the International Curriculum if the government scrapped the system.
The principal of the private school, led by Everlyn Tyati, said CBC belongs to the state because it offers a solution to unemployment because it increases employment.
“This method is useful because it allows students to quickly develop skills and knowledge.”
Ms. Tiaty said the system has trained students up to Grade 6 in subjects such as art, textiles and cooking, which have a market in the country and abroad.
“CBC is a game changer. “Parents should allow our children to develop equally as opposed to the 8-4-4 system that only focuses on academic skills,” he said.
Therefore, the school principal called on the president to protect the welfare of the students by supporting the system.
Their demand has led some political leaders and parents to call for the curriculum to be scrapped, saying it impoverishes parents.