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CBC too costly for us, parents tell review team

A section of Education Stakeholders in Kilifi county have urged the government to carefully revise the Competency Based Curriculum education system to ensure that they understand it and get fully involved in its implementation.

In an education reform task force appointed by President William Ruto to review the new education system, a section of the stakeholders on Tuesday insisted that the system’s implementation was unnecessarily rushed, without addressing the underlying primary challenges.

They decried the uncertainty arising from the double transition of learners who are supposed to join secondary schools in January 2023 due to limited accommodation and the high costs involved in CBC.

Led by Emmanuel Karisa, a parent of learners in the area, they said that there are still changes that need to be made in the education sector to improve the CBC education system.

Karisa called upon the government to ensure that parents are relieved from the burden they are experiencing especially the high costs of requirements in the implementation of the CBC.

Karisa’s statement was echoed by Moses Uledi from the adult education department who urged the government to maintain equality among students to ensure that they are at a common ground at the time of examination.

Uledi gave an example of learners living in drought-stricken areas who have limited resources to access basic education versus those living in the cities who have access to most of the requirements.

Kenya National Union of Teachers in Malindi branch through its Secretary Fred Nguma asked the government to add more teachers to make the education system in Kenya a success.

He suggested that the government should leave the learners in the 6th grade to continue with their education in their current primary schools since there are no enough structures to accommodate them in their next level.

 By Treeza Auma and Harrison Yeri

 

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