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CBC debate: Experts weigh in on the merits or lack thereof

In Summary

  • The new curriculum, CBC was implemented in 2020.
  • Parents have continued to complain about the high cost of implementing CBC.

Debate about the “competency” of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is generating more heat than light.

Since its conceptualisation in 2017 and eventual roll-out in 2020, the new educational curriculum has been besotted by controversy.

Law Society President Nelson Havi recently said he will file a case in court to halt its use in school. But what exactly is CBC and what impact does it have on learners and the pockets of parents?

The CBC is a 2-6-6-3 curriculum, whereby learners undertake two years in pre-school, six in primary, six in secondary and finally three years in university. It is meant to replace the 8-4-4 model which has been in place since 1985.

A panel of experts appeared on TV47’s MorningCafe to dissect its (de)merits.

Jasper Ondimu, education expert and teacher says there are many gaps in the new education system yet to be addressed.

“Piloting on CBC was done in five months, while that of the 8-4-4 system was done in four years. You are overhauling an entire curriculum, you need time to look at the weaknesses realized during the pilot,” Ondimu adds.

Cost of CBC

Kennedy Echesa, an education law expert reiterates former KNUT Sec-Gen Wilson Sossion’s sentiment that the new curriculum is a Magoha project, and not a students’ project.

“It is apparent that this is a curriculum that has divided the nation in the middle. Above complaining about its cost, parents in private school complain as they buy materials required. The private sector is having a party while the public sector is having a funeral,” Echesa opines.

Other issues pertaining to the competency based program include its pilot timing, public participation, stock-taking of the previous 8-4-4 system among others.

Former member of the CBC Taskforce Mutheu Kasanga however insists it is not a completely new curriculum, as learners in 1995 first experienced it.

“CBC was not drummed up overnight in 2017 as a legacy issue. Anybody who was aware of 8-4-4 and its teething problems, we are having the same discussions,” Kasanga adds.

While the issue of its cost has been a thorn among many parents and school heads, Kasanga says the system is very flexible.

“The curriculum designs are actually very flexible and they push for creativity for both the teacher and the student. They are not dictatorial that you must print off something, that you must google something…” the CBC expert says.

Here is the full interview:

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