Magoha on CBC: Those who think that the CBC is going anywhere are daydreaming and should wake up! This is the rude message that has come from education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha following the complaints that the education system is costly and unsustainable.
“We know CBC is not perfect but the train left the station in 2018,” he said. Magoha went on to say that the CBC was a pet project of President Uhuru Kenyatta and would therefore not go anywhere.
“This Competency-Based Curriculum is here to stay. In my life it is the most transformative thing I have seen. I used to be worried that our teachers would compromise it… Right now even the teachers love it. Those saying they will stop this, you are daydreamers…We are not going to stop,” said the CS. “Who in kenya does not know we have trained teachers on CBC. Why are we making things so difficult. What do people want to do when they demonise the most important thing that is going to be the presidential legacy project… When you open your mouth and shout on television, don’t look like you did not go to school.”
This comes even as the Economic Survey 2021 showed that up to 80 per cent of teachers in Kenya do not have the diploma required to teach CBC. However, the Teachers Service Commission has been holding short training for teachers on the roll out of the program.
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The TSC has trained 228,000 primary school teachers in both public and private schools on the CBC approach since 2019. TSC Quality Assurance Director, Reuben Nthamburi, yesterday said the commission would start training secondary school teachers in December and continue up to April next year, with a target of 60,000. CBC will be rolled out in junior secondary school in January 2023 for pupils currently in Grade Five.