CBC system gets boost from Global Partnership

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 13:56 | By
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Newly-introduced Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) has received a major boost from the Global Partnership in Education which has pumped in Sh9.7 billion towards supporting the education sector with more focus on the sylabus.

Under the support programme, schools that performed poorly in KCPE will be assisted, while pupils in grades one to three will get books and their teachers freshly trained.

 This is the second phase of the project that ends in December 2021, with the first phase of Sh8.8 billion recording improved KCPE mean grade and academic standards in the targeted schools.

Director-General, Early Learning and Basic Education Elias Abdi said the programme was meant to strengthen school systems and management with 4,000 public schools expected to benefit from the global funding.

“In the second phase, we have received USD9.7 million which will go towards supporting early grades and training of teachers in new methodology of training,” he said.

Abdi noted that the selected schools had a mean grade of 243 marks and below in last year’s KCPE, with the government and partners eager to raise the grades.

He added that under the first phase, many schools that had a mean grade of 240 and below recorded an increase to 250 marks and above, an indication that the programme was a success.

The Director-General was addressing participants in Naivasha Thursday, where he presided over the opening of a two day training workshop for education officers on the programme.

Abdi noted that in the first phase, over 100,000 teachers were trained under the CBC, with more expected to be trained in management and more books provided for pupils in the lower grades.

At the same time, Abdi said that more partners were willing to supplement what the government has budgeted for in education, adding that currently book ratio per students in grades one to three stood at one to one which was a great improvement.

 Saying that there were 23,000 public primary schools in the country, Abdi said the programme was targeting those that are performing poorly in the national exams, by addressing challenges facing them with focus being improving on Mathematics as a critical subject.


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