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All you need to know about Competency-Based Curriculum.

Through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the government of Kenya launched the Competency-Based Curriculum, a system of education that is based on learner's performance of skills and observable competencies. The key competencies in CBC include communication, problem-solving and critical thinking, creativity, digital literacy, among others. CBC will lower the number of years spent in school by learners to 17. This is because the learners will spend two years in pre-primary, six years in primary school, six years in secondary, and three years in the university. The new curriculum will also lower the age for secondary school entry from 14 years to 12 years as children are expected to spend more years in secondary school to master the content.

On reaching senior secondary school, the students will have three pathways to pursue. They include; arts and sports science, social sciences and science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These pathways will have different subjects attached to them.

The government is said to have benchmarked the implementation of this system of education in Canada and Israel. It is being implemented progressively, however, with a lot of questions from all the education stakeholders. Teachers complain that they lack the necessary training to implement the CBC and claim that most schools don't have the right infrastructure to support this new curriculum. The parents are also questioning the quality of education offered to children as they claim that the government has not availed the infrastructure and training to implement the new curriculum. The cabinet secretary in the ministry of education Prof George Magoha has however reiterated the implementation of CBC is on and must continue. Will the ministry of education manage to implement CBC? It's a matter of wait and sees!

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