NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology has fast-tracked the implementation of a
competence-based school curriculum to bridge skills gap that has
worsened youth unemployment, officials said on Tuesday.
George Magoha, cabinet secretary in the ministry of education,
said the rollout of new school curriculum that focuses on skills
acquisition as opposed to theories is on course countrywide.
"The country is transitioning to one of the most vibrant and
world-class curricula that focus more on acquisition of
competencies among learners," said Magoha.
"We expect the new curriculum to transform the country
through acquisition of 21st century skills as well as
application of knowledge as opposed to its mere acquisition," he
The cabinet secretary spoke in Nairobi during the launch of a
competence-based curriculum training program for early-grade
Kenya’s education ministry and partners early this year
rolled out the new competence-based curriculum for learners in
grades one to three to help equip them with academic and life
Magoha said the implementation of skills-based curriculum for
early learners has been a success thanks to investments in
technology and skilled manpower.
"The competence-based curriculum will be implemented in Grade
4 from next year and thereafter in secondary schools where it
will be flexible with opportunities for specialization based on
the learners’ abilities and career interests," he said.
Kenya has joined Canada, India, Finland, Malaysia, China,
Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, South Sudan and Malawi that have
successfully implemented competence-based school curricula.
Nancy Macharia, chief executive officer of Teachers Service
Commission, said the government has set aside 500 million Kenya
shillings (about 5 million U.S dollars) to cater for manpower
and digital technology required to facilitate implementation of
competence-based school curriculum.
"We are committed to effective delivery of the new curriculum
by equipping tutors with ICT skills," Macharia said, referring
to information and communications technology.