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SEE ALSO :Parents decry high cost of CBCShe announced that a secretariat to coordinate the priorities, activities, and communication and implementation infrastructure to support the CBC shall be established within the Ministry. This announcement takes care of concerns of parents whose children participated in piloting. Parents, especially those with children in Grade Two, had sought to know the fate of their children given some had bought books. The children, expected to be in Grade Three next year will now take part in the piloting expanded to include their year. This will however be the third year of piloting, pointing at serious gaps that must be tightened before the national roll out. While delaying the national roll out, Amina cited serious shortcomings and major oversights that must be corrected. The CS’s justifications are anchored in the external assessors report that pointed at major flaws in the entire curriculum reforms process. Amina revealed that the policy framework for the CBC was not adopted at the start of the pilot and still remains in draft form. To this end, Amina committed to finalise the National Curriculum Policy Framework next month. Recommendation This follows a recommendation that a revised and streamlined CBC framework that takes into consideration special needs learners be developed. She said that the Ministry will also present the Sessional Paper on Reforming Education and Training Sector in Kenya before Parliament in February next year. “Once passed, it will ensure a new instructional paradigm in the Kenyan education system,” Amina said. What is however the biggest shortcoming is the revelation that there is inadequate alignment between the CBC formulation, teacher capacity development, selection and supply of learning materials and assessment. “This has led to inadequate coordination and ad-hoc workshops in place of teacher training, compounded by absence of relevant CBC materials,” Amina said. The external assessors report found that even though training outreach stood at approximately 65 per cent, the orientation, training and development of the teachers and follow-up support was inadequate. “63 per cent of the teachers felt that the training was too short and therefore little impact,” reads the report. Based on this, the report found that there was lack of understanding and inability to infuse core competencies (especially digital literacy), pertinent and contemporary issues and assessment. Generally, according to the report, there was inconsistency in the overall understanding and implementation of the constructs and standards of the CBC. Moving forward, the report recommends teacher capacity development for CBC be remodeled, where a special cadre of regional and county curriculum trainers are selected and trained. Amina said the Ministry will step-up intensive teacher-training programme across the country. “Training of tutors for Teacher Training Colleges will commence in January, 2019 and will follow a college-based teacher training model,” Amina said. She said a dedicated Fund for teacher training in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years will be negotiated and set aside. On books, the report found that learning support materials that are variable in quality are often unavailable and not sufficiently used in classrooms. The report finds that many of the new books are neatly stored in cupboards in many schools for accountability. The Ministry report recommends that the production and distribution of curriculum support materials remain the responsibility of publishers who should work in liaison with Ministry officials for effective distribution and utilisation.
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