Last Updated at: 2020-06-14 19:30:45
THE Ministry of Education formed the Taskforce on enhancing access, relevance, transition, equity and quality for effective curriculum reforms implementation that was gazetted on June 21st, 2019 and inaugurated on July 4th, 2019.
The overall mandate of the taskforce was to advise the Cabinet Secretary on issues, policies and strategies that the education sector needed to address to ensure access, relevance, transition, equity and quality for effective curriculum reforms implementation in Kenya.
The team of outstanding professionals led by Kenyatta University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fatuma Chege has diligently and meticulously executed its mandate and achieved considerable milestones in line with its mandate.
Based on the Taskforce's proposals, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta announced during the National Curriculum Conference on 15th August, 2019 that Junior Secondary School shall be domiciled at Secondary School level, and that there shall be no summative national examination at Grade Six.
"In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the taskforce has achieved one of the most significant tasks that we are here to celebrate - compiling all forms of data on Kenyan educational institutions from early childhood centres (ECD) to university. All the details of Pre-Primary to University level institutions can now be accessed from a database at the click of a button. These data have been keyed into the database by an incredible team of 100 young research assistants who were thoroughly trained, monitored and supported during this exercise.
CS Magoha said.
Cabinet Secretary Magoha was speaking today when closing one of the three data processing centres at CEMASTEA. Other centres of the exercise that started in April 2020 were based at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development and Kenya Education Management Institute, Nairobi.
"I thank the task force for conducting this exercise methodically and professionally to ensure high levels of accuracy, validity and reliability. We also applaud all the young research assistants for upholding incredible levels of integrity and professional conduct.
Over the period of its work, the Taskforce has lived to the Ministry's promise that we will implement the Competency-Based Curriculum in the most consultative manner that ensures all stakeholders' views are considered." The CS said.
To this end, the Taskforce interviewed all education stakeholders from the whole country. Electronic platforms were used effectively to achieve this activity in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to various travel and physical contact restrictions. The qualitative data generated from the stakeholder engagement was audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed alongside the quantitative validation data.
Further, stakeholder engagement was conducted through submissions to the Taskforce - both written and oral presentations. These stakeholders included Parents, Teachers' Unions, Head Teachers' and Principals' Associations, Private Educational Providers, Tertiary Institutions and Universities; Government Agencies and Departments, Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith-Based Organisations, Civil Society, Council of Governors, Political Leaders and Scholars from various backgrounds, among others.
The Taskforce is expected to step up the processing of various aspects of curriculum implementation, in order to validate information so far received and analysed from secondary sources. These data will be useful in monitoring the progress of CBC implementation, which was rolled out in Grade Four in 2020, to allow for any necessary interventions.
"As we move towards the end of the Taskforce's one-year term, the Ministry is pleased to note that the team is now ready to retreat to prepare its final report that shall provide recommendations on effective CBC implementation beyond Grade Four." CS Magoha concluded.
The Cabinet Secretary is expected to make public the recommendations of the Taskforce once the final report is ready to pave the way for further CBC implementation activities. More importantly, the Ministry will use the data generated from the taskforce to ensure prudent allocation of resources to all educational institutions, especially in preparing schools, colleges and universities for reopening and operations during the era of COVID-19.
The event took place at the CEMASTEA in Nairobi’s Karen. Prof Magoha said the data that were collected by the Taskforce on curriculum reforms are critical in CBC implementation.
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