Former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General and nominated MP Wilson Sossion claims that public schools have suffered as a result of the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Mr. Sossion claimed that the transition from the 8-4-4 curriculum to the new educational system was hurried and that state-owned schools are having difficulty in coping. He made these claims on Thursday on Citizen TV’s Day Break program.
Since the rollout started in 2017, this, according to him, has created a chance for investors involved in the education sector to profit greatly through private schools.
“CBC, the way it was introduced in this country, was to destroy the existence of public schools because they will never implement it. We did not prepare and it was just imposed,” Mr. Sossion said.
“The public schools will die and it will open a window for privatisation. Whoever imposed it on this country was very deliberate to kill public schools.”
This is even as Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha says his ministry will start inspecting private schools across the country to ensure they have adequate facilities for junior secondary schools.
The first batch of Grade 7 learners will start joining Junior Secondary schools under the CBC program in January next year. Some 2.5 million students will be transitioning.
Mr. Sossion, however, faulted the ministry for what he termed as failure to provide quality public school education as is the right of every Kenyan.
“Prof. Magoha is now telling private schools to open up space to accommodate junior secondary schools… it is unconstitutional because education should be provided by the State,” he said.