Kenya has best shot to finally get it right in new curriculum
SEE ALSO :Magoha warns against fee hikeBut there were negatives such as the strain in university infrastructure, the rise in student numbers against student-teacher contact as lecture halls looked like public lectures. In addition, the middle level colleges lost value as every parent’s dream was to have his or her child finally get to university. As a result, colleges that previously offered practical oriented skill development trainings were elevated to universities to meet the demand. Apart from teacher training colleges and medical training colleges, the others have remained less lucrative. With many students joining undergraduate programmes, the job market became very competitive. Graduates’ quest for quick means of obtaining postgraduate papers rose. Today, we have millions of Kenyans with university degrees that most employers consider useless. The questions that should linger in the minds of policy makers and implementers of the new curriculum is that; how can we reverse the trends highlighted above? How can you institutionalise CBC implementation from early childhood education to the postgraduate level?
SEE ALSO :KNUT: Boycott new syllabusHow will this impact on the already strained education budget and the appetite for higher education? Is the Kenyan economy prepared for the numerical impact and the need to adopt non-college graduates? One of CBC’s core tenets is the need for learners to take charge of their learning. Will institutions such as the Kenya Universities Colleges Placement Centre allow for student control? The time students take for learning is also key. In competency based learning, time is not the best measurement for learning. CBC asserts that a college degree for example is directly based on what the student actually knows, and not on how much time it took them to learn something. Whatever implementation gaps may exist in the curriculum as proposed by the Ministry of Education, many countries have adopted the competency-based learning because it has positive impact on students as well as faculty. Time constraints
SEE ALSO :Catholic Church backs new curriculumIn other words, teachers can better adapt their instruction. In the end, educators will have the satisfaction of providing society with successful graduates that can prove their knowledge and worth. The competency-based learning has a potential for engaging as many young people to acquiring needed skill and competencies for the market. Despite the pros and cons, it remains the best mechanism for teaching. The ministry must therefore be more deliberate and futuristic in approach as CBC is implemented. - The writer is a Mandela-Washington fellow and director for alumni and international students’ office at JKUAT. [email protected]