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Kenya ministry says competence-based
curriculum implementation on course

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has fast-tracked the implementation of a competence-based school curriculum to bridge skills gap that has worsened youth unemployment, officials said on Tuesday.

George Magoha, cabinet secretary in the ministry of education, said the rollout of new school curriculum that focuses on skills acquisition as opposed to theories is on course countrywide.

"The country is transitioning to one of the most vibrant and world-class curricula that focus more on acquisition of competencies among learners," said Magoha.

"We expect the new curriculum to transform the country through acquisition of 21st century skills as well as application of knowledge as opposed to its mere acquisition," he added.

The cabinet secretary spoke in Nairobi during the launch of a competence-based curriculum training program for early-grade teachers.

Kenya’s education ministry and partners early this year rolled out the new competence-based curriculum for learners in grades one to three to help equip them with academic and life skills.

Magoha said the implementation of skills-based curriculum for early learners has been a success thanks to investments in technology and skilled manpower.

"The competence-based curriculum will be implemented in Grade 4 from next year and thereafter in secondary schools where it will be flexible with opportunities for specialization based on the learners’ abilities and career interests," he said.

Kenya has joined Canada, India, Finland, Malaysia, China, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, South Sudan and Malawi that have successfully implemented competence-based school curricula.

Nancy Macharia, chief executive officer of Teachers Service Commission, said the government has set aside 500 million Kenya shillings (about 5 million U.S dollars) to cater for manpower and digital technology required to facilitate implementation of competence-based school curriculum.

"We are committed to effective delivery of the new curriculum by equipping tutors with ICT skills," Macharia said, referring to information and communications technology.

             

 

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