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CBC has too many challenges.Try Holistic Education

Department of Education Chief Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha speaking at the nationwide launch of the redesigned National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) on August 2, 2022. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

To promote inclusive and sustainable national development, create more decent jobs and improve living standards, the new government has produced an appropriate and timely strategic development plan for the education sector.

Fueled by UNDP data showing rapid economic growth in many countries such as Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, China and South Korea due to the implementation of favorable strategic plans in the education sector , if the new administration determined that the per capita income is high. A considerable degree of industrialization. A diversified export base and a financial sector integrated with the global financial system.

These countries relied on comprehensive situational analyzes of the education sector as a basis for formulating education policies and strategic development plans. It has been found that education increases people’s productivity and creativity, and promotes entrepreneurship and technological progress.

Article 53.1(b) of the Constitution provides for the right of every child to free and compulsory basic education. It is the government’s responsibility to provide every child with a quality basic education. Furthermore, Section 39(c) of the Basic Education Act states that children from marginalized, vulnerable or disadvantaged groups should not be discriminated against and prevented from pursuing a quality education. says it shouldn’t.

Competence Based Education (CBC) practices are discriminatory and violate the Constitution and the Basic Education Act. This is because the cost of sending children to school under the CBC is beyond the reach of most families.

Additionally, educators have little access to educational tools, and the majority of parents cannot afford to provide their children with learning aids. Additionally, teachers do not have adequate guidance to handle CBC classes and deliver satisfactory lessons. The new curriculum is aimed at children from affluent backgrounds due to easier access to learning materials.

It is unfortunate that the State Department is misinforming the public that the government has provided textbooks for all subjects to all elementary schools. All schools are provided with ICT gadgets. All schools are equipped with two laptops, projectors, external servers and tablets, and over 85% of schools are connected to the national grid.

Since the Ministry of Education has held conferences and colloquiums on the implementation of the CBC, and furthermore the task force of Professor Fatuma Chege has had little success, the task force on reviewing the education system is a concept many have adopted. It is necessary to consider the introduction of holistic education. , skills and competencies, encourage critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems, and equip learners with life skills that will help them succeed in a rapidly changing world. . Holistic education is less costly, less involved, and adequately covers the areas that CBC seeks to address.

Wilson Sossion is an education, leadership and policy expert.