KNEC defends new competence based curriculum

Written By: Gladys Mungai

Learners with special needs who are unable to follow the regular curriculum have been provided with an alternative pathway, which is stage based beginning with foundational level, to nurture their specialized skills and competencies for self-reliance.

Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) CEO, Mercy Karogo, has defended the new competence based curriculum, saying it is designed to be all inclusive and learner centered.

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Speaking in Machakos County during the four-day nationwide teacher training on the new curriculum, Karogo said the curriculum offers an avenue for parental engagement.

The training of over 90,000 teachers which ends today went on despite objections by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).

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KNUT had urged its members to boycott the training on the new curriculum pending dialogue during a national education conference that is aimed at informing curriculum reforms.

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However Karogo maintains nothing will stop implementation of the new curriculum.

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While appealing to all teachers to embrace it for the benefit of the Country, the KNEC CEO said the ongoing academic reforms, call for a paradigm shift in teaching and learning.

Machakos County Teachers Service Commission Director David Mukui warned teachers against heeding to trade unionists calls to boycott the training saying that anyone involved will face disciplinary mechanisms.

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The ministry of education rolled out the new curriculum system nationwide in January from pre-unit to Grade Three.

It was also piloted in 33,000 private and public primary schools last year.


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