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MPs Call for End of CBC as They Ask Government to Revert to 8-4-4

A group of lawmakers from both political sides have called for the government to scrap the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), citing its high costs and inadequate preparation.

During a session at the National Assembly, members voiced their concerns about the new education system, with many saying it was too expensive to implement. However, Education Committee Chairperson Julius Melly defended the curriculum, stating that the challenges experienced were not uncommon during transitions to new education systems, such as the shift from the 8-4-4 system.

One of the main criticisms levied against the CBC was that it had caused confusion in the education sector, particularly in the transition to Junior secondary school.

Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma highlighted issues with the Junior Secondary School (JSS) program, such as inadequate teacher allocation, with some JSSs only having one teacher to teach over 14 subjects.

“I am here to plead with this House that we stop this CBC so that we continue with education that is meaningful to our children. What is happening now is that this system is for the rich as only those with money are able to take their children to private schools,” said Kaluma.

Additionally, lawmakers stated that they were allegedly being unfairly burdened with the costs of implementing the curriculum, including purchasing books, uniforms, and paying school fees for some learners.

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