Education Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, has refuted claims that the full implementation of the new Competence Based Curriculum, CBC, has hit a snag. Amina says that all interventions have been put in place to ensure full roll out the new curriculum in January 2019. CS Amina was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum studies after leading a consultative meeting on curriculum implementation, today. Amb amina chaired the Multi-Sectoral National steering committee on curriculum Reform as part of an ongoing intensive review process to assess the implementation of the new curriculum. Last week, the Kenya Publishers’ Association lamented on the government’s sluggishness in providing guidance and resources for development of the new curriculum. The Publishers said they have not prepared instructional materials for grade four, ahead of the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system full roll out. Read more details here.. implementation of new Curriculum-hits a snag due to lack of learning materials
CS Amina added that “mobile phones will not be allowed in schools. In fact, only centre managers will be authorized to have these devices and the phones will be monitored. As we commence this year’s examinations period, we count on all our colleagues to assist in delivering credible processes and outcomes. Our country deserves this, the children deserve this, their teachers deserve this and the future demands this”.
Yesterday, the Parliamentary Committee on Education faulted the Ministry, of Education, for failing to provide updates on its preparedness for the forthcoming National examinations. Led by Hon. Julius Melly, the Tinderet Member of Parliament who is also the chair to the committee, the MPs said they had summoned CS Amina to shed more light on the fate of the over 4,000 students affected by insecurity in various parts of the country.
But, speaking to the media today at the KICD, in Nairobi, the Education CS reiterated the Government’s commitment in ensuring that the new curriculum is rolled out next year, as scheduled. “Going forward, we plan to supply necessary Curriculum materials to all schools to enhance the learning and teaching environment”, Amina told journalists. The CS who has been out of the Country for official duty assured teachers that they will get adequate training in order to handle the new Competency Based Curriculum. “We also plan to step up the level of preparedness among teachers to handle the CBC. We plan to hold the third National conference in Curriculum reforms in December of this year”, Amina added.
Ambassador Amina exuded confidence that full roll out of the CBC for grade one to three will go on as planned, next year.
Elsewhere, the Education PS, Dr. Belio Kipsang, has suspended annual leaves for all education officers till examinations are over. In a Circular to all Regional Coordinators of Education, RCEs, the PS directed that all educational officers on leave to resume duty immediately. The officers are required to help in administering the National examinations.
In a rejoinder, the interior cabinet secretary, Dr. fred Matiang’i, has assured of adequate security during the examination period. “It is inflexible commitment; almost militaristic to support clean exams. We will provide all the security we need”, said the fiery and no nonsense Cabinet Secretary, who initially led the Education docket where he introduced far reaching reforms. Speaking at Kereri Girls Secondary School in Kisii County, yesterday ,while commissioning a new dormitory, Dr. Matiang’i promised thorough interventions from his Ministry to ensure that the examinations will proceed smoothly.
” This year, the change that you are going to see from my end, of Security, in terms of managing the exams will be much more swift than we were last year in getting the crooks”, Matiang’i said. Already, the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, chairman Prof. George Magoha has highlighted areas and individuals under the spotlight for examination related malpractices.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Secondary Education exams kick off at the end of this month.