Tuesday, August 16, 2022

80 per cent of all teachers don’t know what CBC is or how to teach it

CBC Implementation in Kenya: An overwhelming majority of Kenyan teachers do not understand the competency based curriculum that is being implemented by the government. These teachers are also untrained on how to teach it.

This is according to a survey which shows the number of these teachers stands at a shocking 80 per cent. According to a report that appeared in the Daily Nation on Monday, this shocking finding comes about a year before the old system of 8-4-4 is completely erased. Next year, the first batch of pupils under the CBC will be joining junior secondary school. However, there is currently no infrastructure or any information on where these junior schools will be and which teachers will teach in them, with reports saying that the government could use primary classes for this ‘transition’.

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The Economic Survey 2021 shows that 178,024 teachers or 81.6 per cent held the P1 certificate by the end of last 2020. This is in spite of them requiring a diploma to effectively implement the new curriculum.

“Although the Education ministry has been offering short courses for select teachers to help jumpstart CBC, now in Grade 5, this does not replace the diploma requirement and they still need to go back to school. They will need to upgrade their qualifications through a one-year in-service programme at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs),” the report in the Nation said. Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi is currently preparing to file a case in court challenging the CBC.

“I have heard your cries of 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.

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