Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) was received with mixed reactions since its introduction by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018 to replace 8-4-4 system.
Speaking after the inauguration ceremony, President William Ruto said he will launch a task force to review the competency of the curriculum while involving public participation as required by the constitution.
According to Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), CBC under the 2-6-3-3 is a system based on the needs and potential of individual learners under a flexible framework and parameters that shift according to the learners demand.
The education program which is set to end the 8-4-4 class next year January was criticized by not only shareholders in Mr. Kenyatta’s administration who complained of not being involved during its formulation but also majority of the parents who felt the curriculum was very expensive. Former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Wilson Sossion termed it as a failed project meant to to promote private schools and kill public schools. Although Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha argued that learners under the program are more productive.
“There is a robust conversation on education and in particular the implementation of the CBC curriculum. We will establish an Education Reform Task Force in the Presidency which will be launched in the coming weeks. It will collect views from all key players in line with the constitutional demand of public participation. We are alive to the anxiety of parents particularly on the twin transition of the last 8-4-4 class and the first CBC class in January next year. I assure all that they will be a solution to the matter before then.” William Ruto said.