‘Walimu wamekula kuku mpaka imeisha kwa boma ya watu’ – MP Barasa urges Ruto to scrap CBC

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 16 Sep, 2022 10:16 | 2 mins read
Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa has urged the new administration to scrap the Competency-Based Curriculum saying teachers are taking advantage of the new education system to exploit parents.

Speaking at a function in Bungoma on Thursday, September 16, the legislator appealed to President William Ruto to do away with the new curriculum and revert to the traditional 8-4-4 system.

The controversial MP sensationally claimed that teachers are using CBC to fleece parents.

Barasa alleged that the tutors take advantage of the heavily demanding curriculum to cunningly ask learners to bring chicken to school for practicals with the intention of carrying the poultry home for food.

This, he said, had left most homesteads with no chicken.

Barasa told the congregation that even the Head of State is of the view that the curriculum should be scrapped, further expressing confidence that parents will support efforts to review the system.

"Vile mnajua sahii rais wa Kenya ni William Ruto na tumekubaliana ata yeye kwa roho yake hapendi hii CBC. Lakini kwa sababu yeye ni rais wa Kenya amesema wakenya wenyewe watoe maoni. Mimi niko na uhakika kwamba wazazi wote watatoa maoni kwamba huu mfumo wa CBC uondolewe, iende kabisa," Barasa said.

"Mwalimu anaambia mtoto ati kesho tunasoma juu ya kuku. Ukichukua kuku wanasoma firigisi na maini alafu mwalimu anaenda nayo nyumbani kwenda kukula. Walimu wamekula kuku mpaka imeisha kwa maboma ya watu. Hiyo CBC tunataka iondolewe kabisa," he added amid laughter from the congregants.

Ruto's administartin to review CBC

Ruto on September 13 confirmed that his administration will revisit the curriculum introduced in 2017.

Speaking during his swearing ceremony at Kasarani Stadium, the country's fifth President said his administration will establish an Education Reform Task Force that will take in the views of Kenyans on the curriculum.

“We will establish an Education Reform Task Force in the Presidency which will be launched in the coming weeks,” he said.

 The new system ends primary school learning at Grade 6. The pioneer class will exit primary school education under the new system in 2022.

According to outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, CBC puts emphasis on seven core competences namely; communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving, creativity and imagination, citizenship, digital literacy, learning to learn and self-efficacy.

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