Varsities start preparations for first cohort of CBC in 2029

A number of universities have begun aligning programmes and infrastructure to the CBC ahead of receiving its first cohort in 2029.

Public universities are evaluating their academic programmes and infrastructure in anticipation of the first cohort of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) students in 2029.

As part of the preparations, the academic staff is being trained in Teacher Education Methodologies in Kenya, equipping them with the essential skills to engage secondary school learners.

The University of Eldoret (UoE) and Koitaleel Samoei University College, a constituent college of the University of Nairobi, have initiated this process.

“The overhaul of education programmes and expansion of infrastructure are ongoing. Staff is being equipped with appropriate skills to handle CBC across the three pathways of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), social sciences and arts subjects,” said UoE Vice Chancellor Thomas Kimeli Cheruiyot.

The National Assembly Committee on Education chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly recently conducted visits to these universities to evaluate their readiness for the CBC.

At the UoE, the emphasis is on training in areas such as sports science and theatre arts, as well as updating staff on the CBC syllabus.

Meanwhile, Koitaleel Samoei University College is reviewing its Bachelor of Education curriculum and other programmes to ensure alignment with CBC standards. The University of Nairobi (UoN) is taking the lead in this process.

“We are developing programmes in sports science and arts development, as well as a framework for training staff on CBC implementation,” said the college principal Winston Akala.

Furthermore, the director of the School of Education at UoN is collaborating with a team to create a retooling framework, aiming to establish consistency in matters related to the CBC and Competency-Based Education (CBE) across Kenyan universities.


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By Frank Mugwe

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