New education reforms. The main objective of the competency based curriculum is to produce a learner who can easily adapt into the current society that is ever changing and also one who can meet the demands of this century’s job market.
Following the recommendation by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, learners under the competency based curriculum are now expecting a reduced workload.
In addition to its main role, the curriculum has other objectives. CBC plays a very important role in promoting the well being of an individual. It also equips individuals with various skills and capabilities. This therefore enables them to offer meaningful contribution to the economy and the whole society at large.
In the report, the fourteen subjects in junior schools were reduced to nine. In addition, the title ‘secondary’ was dropped from junior school and senior school. This therefore brings about a basic level of education.
This new curriculum has proved to be different from the previous curriculum. This is because of its flexible and responsive methodologies. Besides, the curriculum embraces a diverse need for education as well as learner ability.
These changes will also bring about a mandatory community service for senior school learners who are transitioning to universities and TVET. In addition, they will do the same service as they graduate from higher education institutions.
CBC also encourages parental engagement and also the involvement of different stakeholders in the society. A balance is therefore established between formative and summative assessment.
Subjects in lower primary school were reduced from nine to seven. Upper primary subjects will also be reduced from twelve to eight. Junior school subjects will reduce from fourteen to nine.
It is important to note that in the competency based curriculum, learners are in charge of their learning. Instructors play the role of a facilitator. This therefore implies that CBC is learner centred.
Examination in senior school will be on seven subjects with mathematics and either of the two languages being compulsory.
KICD has already succeeded in developing a systematic curriculum design from pp1 to grade 6. TSC is currently partnering with KICD to train educators on the new CBC methodologies. They are also assessing reporting as well as the development of important documents which may include schemes of work, record of work, lesson plans and portfolio.
National, extra-county, country and sub-county schools will be termed as career pathway schools.
New education reforms.