CBC should be suspended, parents now say

By Collins Akong’o

A section of parents and education stakeholders in Kwale county have said that the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) is expensive and cumbersome, hence its rollout should be suspended.

Speaking at Kwale High school during an engagement forum on reforms organized by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, they said that the new curriculum was proving too expensive for parents and guardians at a time when majority of Kenyans were facing economic hardships.

Parents who appeared before the task force lamented that they were shouldering a huge part of the cost of CBC’S implementation.

Ali Abdullah, a parent, said that CBC was marred with confusion from the word go; and even those charged with its implementation were groping in the dark.

He added that nothing was wrong with the 8-4-4 to warrant its complete overhaul.

The growing calls from parents across the county that the government abolishes CBC and reverts to the 8-4-4 system were clear indications that the new system is unpopular with majority of Kenyans.

The Working Party team was led by Prof. Leila Abubakar, vice chancellor Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) and consisted of Prof. Hassan Mwakimako, Paul Lilan and Jane Kimaiti.


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