The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development CEO Prof Charles Ong’ondo has warned that reversing the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) would cost the country more than sh. 200 billion.
The KICD boss says the government rolled out CBC after conducting intensive stakeholder consultations in response to the needs of the 21st century about creativity, imagination and digital literacy.
His comments comes barely a day after Alliance National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, said his Kenya Kwanza alliance will scrap the CBC once they form the next government.
Speaking on Sunday, Mudavadi said the programme was implemented in a rush, and without consultation with stakeholders.
“The controversial Competence-Based-Curriculum of education will be scraped once the Ruto/Mudavadi government takes power in August,” he said on Twitter.
“If elected, we will do away with the system,” Mudavadi said on Monday in Busia.
However the KICD boss has warned against such move saying every education reform has its “teething problems” and “some discomfort,”.
Ong’ondo says its impossible to do away with CBC as this will prove more costly to the country.
“Reversing CBC is like saying we do away with the 2010 Constitution or uproot the standard gauge railway. We would lose more than Sh200 billion invested in CBC so far,” Professor Ong’ondo said.
The KICD boss says the Competency Based Curriculum is designed to solve many problems that came with the 8.4.4 curriculum.
Though Mudavadi argues that wide consultations were not made, the Ministry of Education officials have dismissed such claims that it rushed to implement the competency-based curriculum.
Curriculum Reforms and Implementation PS Fatuma Chege urged parents to be supportive of CBC.
“The current reforms that are being implemented were envisioned in Vision 2030, when you want to draw a vision for your country, education becomes the core of your social pillar,” Chege said.
He faulted private school heads who impose numerous books to be bought by parents.
The government is expected to create 37,000 new classrooms nationally to cater for the anticipated double intake of learners.
According to projections, 1.5 million new places (37,000 classrooms) should be created by the end of next year in secondary schools.