The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has applauded the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms proposal to reduce certain subjects from the CBC curriculum.
In an interview on Citizen TV, Collins Oyuu, the Secretary General of KNUT, affirmed the union’s backing of the presidential working group’s suggestion to decrease the number of subjects in the curriculum.
Oyuu found it puzzling to hear teachers criticizing the proposal for subject reduction, arguing that their workload influences a teacher’s effectiveness.
“When you have too much on your desk to do, you will definitely turn out not to be a performer,” Oyuu said.
He emphasized that parents should also rally behind this new proposal as it will alleviate the financial burden associated with the Competency-Based Curriculum.
“Parents have complained about the cost of the Competency-Based Curriculum. When subjects remain as they are, the practical work curriculum will continue to be a burden,” Oyuu said.
As per the recommendations of the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is advised to condense the subjects from nine to seven for grades one through three, from 12 to eight for grades four through six and from 14 to nine for grades seven through nine.
The working group noted stakeholders’ complaints about the high expense of the curriculum and the abundance of learning areas.
Based on the KICD curriculum framework, students engage in 45 weekly lessons, each lasting 40 minutes.
KICD will incorporate Subjects such as English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, integrated science, health education, pre-technical and pre-career studies, social studies, religious education, business studies, agriculture, life skills education, physical education/sports, and foreign languages (German, French, and Mandarin) into the curriculum.
Students will choose to study indigenous languages as an optional subject.