Competency based curriculum under evaluation, says CS Amina

London, 20th April 2018, MOE Press – Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has said the evaluation of the competency-based curriculum currently under pilot implementation in 470 schools in Kenya is ongoing.

“The competency-based curriculum that is being piloted in grade 1 and 2 is being evaluated before it can be rolled out to other levels of education,” said Amb. Amina Mohamed.

“The aim of the evaluation is to assess the curriculum’s effectiveness as well as identify and address any gaps. We want to ensure the curriculum the country adopts not only nurtures individual talents but also fosters the development of learners’ potential in a holistic and integrated manner,” added the CS.

The Cabinet Secretary was speaking in London, Wednesday, when she met Mr. Tim Oates, Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment.

The CS said Kenya can obtain invaluable insights on curriculum review and development from the UK which has had experience with both the competency and the knowledge-based curriculum frameworks.

“The current curriculum is subject-based and tends to place emphasis on acquisition of knowledge at the expense of development of competences,” said Amb. Amina Mohamed.

“The competency-based curriculum was recommended in the Sessional Paper No. 2 of 2015 and aims to redress this imbalance by fostering the development of talents,” added the CS.

The CS said the ongoing review of the competency-based curriculum will, however, take into consideration the interface between the acquisition of competencies and knowledge on the one hand and concepts and context on the other.

“There is the need for us to ensure we strike the right balance between the acquisition of competencies and knowledge in order to ensure no child misses out on a balanced quality and relevant education,” noted the CS.

Amb. Amin Mohamed further said the new curriculum design will provide opportunities to identify the potential of every learner and provide opportunities to nurture this potential through the provision of appropriate learning pathways.

The Cabinet Secretary affirmed that the Ministry would continue to implement other reforms to ensure that the country’s education system reflects modern dynamics at the local and international levels.

The International Bureau of Education (IBE) recommends that curricula should be reviewed every five years, to align with new dynamics. The ongoing curriculum review process in Kenya will, therefore, improve Kenya’s global competitiveness in education.

The CS said the Kenyan curricula for primary and secondary education were last reviewed in 2002 noting that major developments have since taken place, which underlines the need for review.

CS Mohamed singled out the need to align the curriculum to Kenya’s Vision 2030 which puts a strong emphasis on the importance of science, engineering, technology, and innovation.

Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Oates expressed the readiness of the UK to share expertise and best practices with Kenya in curriculum development and in other educational initiatives.