The Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) has been rolled out in Kenyan schools but the manner in which it has happened leaves a majority of the parents unsettled.
CBC which was rolled out to replace the 8-4-4 curriculum has seen our children out in the markets sweeping, planting trees, carrying fruits to school and cooking tea.
A valid argument amongst those that fault the CBC curriculum is they can comfortably do all that in their daily lives yet they did not need 12 to 14 years to be taught by professionals such as teachers.
The current projects being undertaken in the CBC curriculum were once what were learned at homes such as cooking and sweeping which used to be shared out as duties to children even at school, not wasting learning time to sweep and cook tea.
Is someone intentionally wasting time for the children to ensure they remain incompetent in their future and if yes, for what motive?
Reading and writing, arithmetic and what we thought was easy such as telling time are not so easy for children under the CBC curriculum which is said to be targeting talent development.
It is difficult for children under the CBC curriculum to tell time on roman numbered clocks, calculate balance after buying or even tell the value of the money.
CBC might not be all that bad but is Kenya really ready for an overhaul of the curriculum yet the children caught in the confusion are wasting years, their lives matter and using them as guinea pigs in pilot systems is simply sick.
Couldn’t CBC have been brought in gradually so that children keep the crucial part of the 8-4-4 system and take up the crucial part of the CBC system?
The CBC children are poor readers, they are fragile and cannot handle any complex academic work yet professions such as Pilots, architects, doctors, writers involve deep calculations and reading.
The CBC children cannot read much as they have not been made to create reading cultures and are instead trained to cook which begs the question, which careers are our children being trained to pursue?
The CBC system has either been poorly implemented or is just another conspiracy against Kenyans to ensure they will be too illiterate to question and sadly, they are being made to pay for it in the exorbitantly priced materials being demanded by the schools.