Government rolls out new education system from today
SEE ALSO :Four years to end of KCPEEducation Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed yesterday said the rollout of CBC follows a pilot in the same grades last year. “The Government has assembled a critical team of staff who will steer implementation of the CBC in Early Years Education (EYE),” Amina said when she addressed senior education officials at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) yesterday.
Ministry officialsThose in attendance included top Education ministry officials, among them county directors of education and quality assurance officers. The CS directed all directorates and semi-autonomous Government agencies in her ministry to carry out their mandate expeditiously to ensure that the implementation of CBC goes on smoothly. “I also expect each and every one of you to gear up for an intensive year where excuses and lapses in putting together basic instruments to drive this process shall not be tolerated,” Amina said.
SEE ALSO :Storm over teachers' mass failureField officers are expected to guide the implementation of CBC by making sure designs to guide teachers to effectively deliver the curriculum are available. ”In 2018, some 21,627 public primary schools received four volumes of the CBC curriculum. It is important for the field officers to alert the ministry and KICD if there is any school, within their jurisdictions, that does not have curriculum designs,” Amina said.
Lesson timetablesA circular on the implementation of CBC 2019 shows how lesson timetables will be prepared. It shows that each lesson will last 30 minutes. Further, there shall be five lessons a day in pre-primary and seven lessons in lower primary. “I confirm that all public primary schools have, and are using, CBC curriculum designs for pre-primary 1 and 2 and Grades 1, 2 and 3 as developed by KICD,” Amina said. She added that her ministry and KICD would ensure that course books and teachers’ guides for implementing CBC were available in schools on time. She directed field officers to ensure that only KICD-approved books were used and to regularly update the Directorate of Primary Education and KICD on progress made in distribution of books.
Communication planShe said a special desk and call centre would be established at KICD to respond to inquiries. She said her ministry had developed a communication plan to provide regular updates on progress. The CS also said she was keen to actualise the Government's policy of 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school. “The President has mandated us to work with all officials, particularly chiefs, to ensure all candidates who sat KCPE last year have joined secondary schools,” Amina said.