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Kenya curriculum reform meets global
standards, education official says

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s new curriculum meets global education standards, a government official said on Sunday.

Julius Jwan, director of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), said an internal evaluation report indicated that the overall quality of Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) implementation is 56 percent against the minimum global threshold of 50 percent.

“The report deliberated by the multi-sectoral national steering committee indicated satisfaction with the progress and that the implementation is within the globally acceptable standards,” he said in a statement.

Jwan noted that the new curriculum will be implemented in phases and therefore the teachers will be trained progressively as the implementation moves to upper classes.

He said the government plans to roll out the new curriculum from grade one to grade three next year and that teachers teaching upper classes have been asked to be patient and wait for their turn to be taken through the new curriculum.

“This is an exciting moment because topical issues affecting the country are being addressed in the CBC,” he added.

Jwan said an external evaluation is ongoing as a mandatory check to ensure delivery of a quality curriculum.

“We are carrying out external evaluation piloting to enable us generate comparative findings on our state of preparedness for a full roll-out rather than rely solely on an internal evaluation,” he said.

He said external evaluation piloting looks at values as critical components of society, soft skills that learners require to live harmoniously and flexibility in learning through pathways in technical training, arts, sciences, entrepreneurship and sports.

“Our emphasis is to produce learners who have the ability to think beyond being a job seeker to being an employer,” Jwan said.

Amina Mohamed, cabinet secretary for education, said recently during a curriculum national steering committee meeting that the government will supply necessary curriculum support materials to all schools.

She said the ministry will also step up the level of preparedness among teachers through workshops.

           

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