Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has issued a warning to a three-judge bench hearing a petition seeking to stop the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
While addressing the media in Nairobi County on Wednesday, March 23, the CS stated that the government and parents had invested in the new curriculum and that judges would face a backlash if they overturned CBC.
According to Magoha, parents would fiercely attack the judges as students have spent over seven years studying the new curriculum.
Magoha argued that the judges were human beings and parents too and advised them to consider the opinion of guardians when making their determination.
The CBC matter is in court but the judicature is made of human beings and I think that they have their children. They will have to consider that it is these children who are going to Grade Six and have been on CBC for eight years.
“You cannot ignore them because they will eat you alive, and I don’t think that anybody will dare to mess with the CBC,” he cautioned.
Magoha further explained that the curriculum was beneficial to the country as it had brought reforms to the education sector that was facing numerous challenges.
“The reason is very simple, it is bringing us back to sanity, absolute sanity. Our current children don’t care about what we shall eat when we are old.
“Children under CBC will be a different generation because they are being taught to go through the university of life as they should,” he stated.
In December 2021, CJ Martha Koome formed a three-judge bench comprising Justices Antony Ndungu, Antony Mrima, and Hedwig Ongudi to listen to the CBC petition that was filed by High Court advocate, Esther Ang’awa.
Her decision was arrived at after Judge Mrima determined that the petition was valid based on concerns raised by the advocate.
“This petition raises substantial and novel issues requiring consideration by an uneven number of judges, being not less than 5 to be assigned by the Chief Justice,” he stated then.