Education CS Prof. George Magoha has said the roll out of the new curriculum can’t be stopped and that no one will be forced to support its implementation. Speaking during the launch of the National Curriculum Policy at the KICD, Nairobi, CS Magoha said the CBC implementation it’s the right thing to do and that it should be nurtured even if it hasn’t fully matured yet. “We shall implement the Competence Based Curriculum…we would like to have you with us but if you’re not there you are also welcome because it’s your constitutional right not to be there,” he said.
However, he acknowledged the fact that communication concerning the CBC has been the vulnerable spot so far and that many stakeholders have pointed out the same issue. “We are going to ensure every Kenyan knows precisely what we are doing so that those spreading propaganda can be known…we are going to give you facts and figures,” he said.
So far, the Education Ministry has distributed more than 12 million new curriculum books to schools and the process is still ongoing, and the CS said by the end of the month he’ll personally confirm that the children have received books. He added that the training of teachers will go on, “We trained recently over 91,000 teachers. Those teachers are better and more confident in their delivery of the CBC,” he said. The Ministry has also trained 1,400 education officers on the management and supervision of CBC in schools, and methods to be used in competence based assessment, “We expect they’ll do a competent job to ensure the delivery of the CBC is up to the expected standards.”