Headteachers have cautioned Education CS George Magoha over failure to release crucial details of the Competency-Based-Curriculum (CBC).
The school heads argued that the said report details how CBC should be implemented and keeping it away from education experts risks schools falling into a crisis.
Magoha’s ministry only released a summary of the report dubbed Enhancing Access Relevance Transition, Equity and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms Implementation which detailed the changes in the education sector.
However, in-depth details of the proposals made by the selected CBC task force remain scanty.
As much as the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has developed curriculum content and learning materials essential for the CBC, Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) was criticised for not releasing an assessment framework.
KNEC was further castigated for conducting assessment tests in schools without the much-needed framework.
School heads warned that the confusion reportedly being created by the CBC implementation puts teachers at a crossroads as they aren’t aware of policies and guidelines to follow in executing the new curriculum.
They added that they were also not prepared for the new curriculum for they were racing against time to switch from the old 8-4-4 to the new 2-6-3-3-3 system.
Among the challenges they face is lack of infrastructure, training and congestion in schools with double-intake in the looming.
“There’s an increase of students across the board, even last year (2020), we were allocated more students than our capacity.
“We have not increased the capacity of secondary schools in tandem with the learners leaving Class 8,” Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) Chairman Kahi Indimuli lamented.
Ministry officials were reported to have camped in Machakos County to formulate a report on how the CBC will be funded and policies that will guide teachers.
However, they complained that they are also working in the dark as they don’t have access to the CBC task force report.
“We don’t know why the CS (Magoha) doesn’t want to release the report,” a senior official told Nation.