The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. George Magoha Tuesday launched a nationwide training programme for early grade teachers on Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) that underpin the Education Reform the government is undertaking.
Prof. Magoha said CBC will transform the country by identifying the potential that children have and nurture to the fullest possible extend.
The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks at Uhuru Gardens Primary School where he launched the training programme that targets 91,320 teachers to handle Grades 1-3 and Grades 4.
He was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, the Chief Executive Officer of Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Dr. Nancy Macharia and the Acting CEO, Knec, Mrs. Nancy Kerogo.
Prof. Magoha said the curriculum is designed to emphasise application of knowledge rather than its mere acquisition of knowledge.
“Learning will also be transformed to emphasise acquisition of 21st Century skills,” Prof. Magoha noted, saying the CBC will make graduates of the national education system globally competitive.
He said the graduates will thrive within the areas and careers that are aligned to their talents and interest.
Prof. Magoha said the Curriculum was flexible enough to with opportunities for specialization based on the learners’ abilities and career interests in senior secondary school.
The Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang said the training aims at sharpening the skills teachers have to enable them teacher better than they had ever done before.
The Chief Executive Officer of TSC, Dr. Nancy Macharia said that teacher preparedness for CBC will be continuous and sustained, activity to ensure it is a way of life for our teachers.
“Our determination to ensure success of this training stems from the fact that provision of quality education is to a large extent determined by the capacity of teachers to effectively interpret and implement the curriculum,” she said.
Present during the occasion included senior Ministry officials as well as those from the TSC and Kenya National examinations Council.