CBC has too many challenges; let us try holistic education

Cabinet Secretary Ministry Of Education Prof. George Magoha speaking during the National launch of re-engineered national education management information system (NEMIS) on August 2, 2022.

To promote inclusive and sustainable national development, create more decent jobs and improve living standards, the new government has crafted an appropriate and well-timed education sector strategic development plan.

Impelled by UNDP data which indicates that expeditious economic growth has occurred in many countries such as Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, China and South Korea due to the implementation of favourable strategic plans in the education sector, the new administration is determined to have high-level per capita income; a significant degree of industrialisation; a diversified export base and a financial sector that is blended with the global financial system.

These countries relied on comprehensive situation analysis of their education sectors as a basis for formulating education policies and strategic development plans. It was found that education raised people’s productivity, creativity and promoted entrepreneurship and technological advances.

Article 53.1(b) of the Constitution provides every child’s right to free and compulsory basic education. It is the responsibility of the government to provide quality basic education to every child. More so, Section 39(c) the Basic Education Act states that children in marginalised, vulnerable or disadvantaged groups should not be discriminated against and prevented from pursuing quality education

[COLOR=rgb(247, 218, 100)][SIZE=7]([/SIZE] The manner in which Competence Based Education (CBC) is being implemented is discriminative and violates the Constitution and the Basic Education Act. This is because the cost of taking a child to school under CBC is unaffordable to most families.

In addition, educators can hardly access teaching tools while majority of parents can’t afford learning aids for their children. Moreover, teachers have not been coached competently to handle CBC classes and conduct lessons satisfactorily. The new curriculum is meant for children from affluent backgrounds as they can easily access learning materials.

[COLOR=rgb(247, 218, 100)]It is unfortunate that the ministry is misinforming the public that the government has provided textbooks for all the subjects to all primary schools; that ICT gadgets have been supplied to all schools; that all schools are resourced with two laptops, a projector, an external server, tablets and that over 85 per cent of schools are connected to the national electricity grid. [SIZE=7][COLOR=rgb(247, 218, 100)])[/SIZE]

Since the Education ministry has held conferences and colloquiums on implementation of CBC, and moreover Prof Fatuma Chege task force has had little success, the task force on the review of the education system should consider introducing holistic education – a concept that has been adopted by many countries-, identify and enhance skills, competencies and encourage critical-thinking skills in solving real-world problems and also equip life skills in learners that will help them to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Holistic education is less costly, less involving and aptly covers areas that CBC is attempting to address.

Mr Wilson Sossion is an expert in education, leadership and policy

Ebu someni hio alafu mu report back muniambie Magoha anasema nini. (100mks)

Asante

Let me add a few sober remarks to this debate…

Since the demise of so-called “Colonial Curriculums” in our Education System that began in ernest during the “Nyayo Error” , no proper audit of the “band aid” application of alternatives has ever really been carried out …

Sound , Centuries old teaching and learning methodology was just cast aside , watered down or bastardized …
The “Baby” was thrown out with the “Bathwater” …

Let the Truth be told …
Our current Education System is just a big Joke …

Put a High School “A” Level Graduate of 1970 in a room with a 2020 first degree holder of any local university and it is like comparing Chalk to Cheese …

It is sad that most of our youth coming out of our local universities are unable to properly express themselves orally or in written form , struggle with basic common sense mental arithmetic , have very poor general knowledge of the world around them and appear to have nil entrepreneurship or life skills …

A real testament to the credibility of our education system is just a simple observation of where the rich and influential members of your own society take their children to school …

Challenge:
Pick any odd 4 digit number ( …say 4357 …) and ask any “graduate” in your office to mentally multiply and divide the figure by 100…

OR …
Ask them to name the countries that border Kenya and their Capital Cities …

OR …
Ask them to name 5 internal body organs found in the area between the Throat and the Hips of a Human …

Bure Kabisa …

I buy newspapers just to look at them pictures. Siwes soma kabisa

As a parent the only advantage i see on CBC is the government subsidized fee, saving us two years from the private schools crazy cartels is very welcome.

I dont know why the media is only talking about the cost of cbc ,we’d like to know who introduced this curriculum at kicd and how it was adopted izi stori zingine ni distractions tu

where does this contempt for the youth come from?hukuskia ile stori ya wakenya ndo huwa wanaandikia watu wako university europe thesis zao.

the only advantage is to GoK coz they’ll have an army of docile workers

Ever had the misfortune of sitting on an Interview Panel and listened to one of those “Graduates” struggling to explain him / her self … ???

Pathetic …

train the graduates then ,kama sio ivo just leave them alone,si they are just fools right?

7: 6: 2 : 4 = it’s too complicated and has too many practical courses remove them. It’s too British and colonial.

Moi 8:4:4 version = It’s too theoretical not practical enough. Too many courses, too many books, too expensive, the kids are really suffering.

Kibaki redacted 8:4:4 version = Its still too theoretical. Too much homework, too many students per class, the kids are really suffering. Parallel university programmes are a waste of money. Bring back the British one from the 70s.

CBC = It’s too practical … kwani Mkenya hutaka nini???

So

So mr sossion is reporting the happenings in the whole article safe for the last paragraph where he only mentions the holistic system in two sentences?

He is the real reason that the basic education curriculum needs a review. We cannot afford to be so shallow mentally

My nephew on some days carries a backpack with 18 different textbooks …
He gets up at 05:00 every school day and does not get home before 18:00 to face an additional 2-3 hours of “homework” …
Then on Saturday, he spends 5 hours in “tuition” …

At his level , his grandfather only used 6 textbooks …His school day began at 08:00 and ended at 15:00 .
( … an additional hour could be arranged for students who needed some “remedial” attention… Teachers in those days were really dedicated to their students …).
After school and on weekends , children got the time to be children …

Is this education , or exploitation…???

Personally , I studied the IGCSE , before proceeding to specialized Medical training…
And I have no regrets so far … :D:D:D

shut up senji