Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has confirmed that the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) transition will continue as scheduled.
Speaking on Wednesday, the CS announced that Grade 5 will be the next CBC class to be launched as learners report back to school for the new academic year on Thursday August 5, 2021.
CS Magoha assured learners and their parents that the Ministry had already made preparations for the books and other equipment the learners will need as they resume in-person learning.
Grade 4 learners who completed the class before the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams have been on holiday since April.
“As far as Grade 5 is concerned, the books are already in schools so when we reopen on August 5, every child in Grade 5 will find a book in school and a desk to sit on,” he stated.
The CS added that the Ministry expects a total of 1.3 million students to report to school for the Grade 5 class.
He noted that the government had allocated funds to ensure a smooth transition as well as improved infrastructure in select schools.
According to the CS, the Ministry has already disbursed Sh4.2 billion for the exercise. He explained that Sh1.9 billion would go to the purchase of desks while the rest of the funds will build classes in selected primary and secondary schools.
“For example, the desks which we were supplying at Sh3,500, some other people have been charging Sh7,000, so where does the Sh3,500 go? So this is a matter which is not political and we shall be ready and willing to deal,” Prof. Magoha explained.
Headteachers on June 21, cautioned Magoha on failing to release crucial details of the curriculum.
Ministry officials were reported to have camped in Machakos County in an attempt to come up with a report on how the CBC would be funded and policies guiding the teachers, however, they complained about working in the dark as they do not have access to the CBC task force report
The curriculum was launched in April 2017, with the intent of replacing 8-4-4 system introduced in 1985 by the late Daniel Arap Moi.