The Government through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has urged Kenyans to exercise restraint and give it time to implement the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
In a statement on Thursday, KICD noted that CBC is still a new baby, adding that the implementation is being done in phases.
KICD noted that it has heard the complaints raised by Kenyans and urged them to calm down as it works towards fixing them.
“Let us not throw the baby out with the bath water. #CBC is being implemented in phases to pave way for a smooth transition and to fix emerging issues. Parents, we have heard you. We need to exercise restraint as the issues raised are being reviewed by the relevant entities,” KICD said.
KICD’s statement comes hours after Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi announced that he will be moving to court to challenge the new curriculum.
In a tweet on Wednesday night, Havi noted that his decision was influenced by cries of Kenyan parents who’ve been complaining of CBC being expensive and demanding.
“I have heard your cries parents, guardians and teachers. The petition challenging CBC will be filed in Court next week. The education system in Kenya should not be an expensive, inefficient and ineffective experiment with our children and their future as is our leadership,” Havi tweeted.
According to some parents, the new curriculum is expensive as pupils are asked to buy a lot of books and other learning material.
In addition, some parents complained that they are not given enough notice by schools when it comes to purchase of additional material.
Some argued that their children bombard them with lists of new requirements late in the evening after school, making it difficult for them to get the money and purchase the required material.