During his tour in Homabay County, President Ruto pointed out that after a thorough public participation the 42-member taskforce committee formed to assess the CBC curriculum will ensure they make changes in the curriculum.
“I formed a special taskforce to look into the CBC curriculum so that the curriculum can help our children and also reduce the curriculum burden from our parents.,” he stated.
During his first tour in Nyanza region, President Ruto has as well assured parents that he will reduce the burden of homework on them
In a Gazette Notice dated September 30, 2022, President Ruto said the Working Party on Education Reform will work for a six-month period and will be required to submit to him a progress report every two months from the date of their appointment.
The team will have 7 secretaries who include UoN Vice Chancellor Stephen Kiama Gitahi, Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Paul Wainaina, KNEC CEO David Njengere, former Kenya Private Schools Association chair Muthei Kasanga, Elyas Abdi, Eunice Gachoka, Jackson Too, Richard Miano, Reuben Nthamburi, and Patita Tingoi.
Some of the members include Peter Tabichi, David Some, Halima Saado, Jacinta Ngure, Peter Njenga, Jerono Rotich, Ciriaka Gitonga, Purity Mbaabu and Edward Katue, Jane Imbunya, Bernard Kariuki and Peter Njenga.
Others are Virginia Wahome, Robert Juma, Charles Kyalo, Anthony Cheruiyot, Bishop Geoffrey Waweru, Seline Chepngeno, Laila Abubakar, Daniel Otieno, John Kamiti, Margaret Chege, James Kanya, Salome Eyangan, Wiston Akala, Jane Kimiti, Kizito Wangalwa, Augusta Mwihaki, Peter Barasa, Ahmed Yusuf, Jone Mose, Hassan Mwakimako, Lynette Mwende, Wilson Kogo, Stephen Mumbua, Paul Lilan, Richard Githinji and Collins Odote.
The gazetted team will address three major issues on the competency-based curriculum. The task force will submit recommendations in the basic education sector, on competency-based curriculum and the higher education sub-sector.
In addition to reviewing and evaluating the CBC the team will also look at and recommend equal access to education, especially for those facing social, economic and geographic exclusion, vulnerable populations, children and people with special needs.
At the same time, the team will also review and recommend a monitoring system to capture and enroll school-age children to ensure access to pre-primary, primary and secondary education for all.
Following their appointment, the members are expected to consider and invite perspectives and opinions from stakeholders and members of the public.
However, Ruto’s cbc task force is facing hurdles a day after its formation
Defending their decision to challenge the results, KUSU officials noted that the head of state violated the requirements of public participation as stipulated by the Constitution.
“As a union, we want to remind President Ruto that there is no way he can form such a team to deal with education issues and leave out key stakeholders like us.,” KUSU secretary general, Charles Mukhwaya lamented.
“As a coalition, we feel President Ruto’s government did not manage anything. The government did not respect the Constitution which clearly states that it should involve the public. We, as key stakeholders in education, expected the relevant trade unions to be represented in the task force” he added.
Mukhwaya complained apart from KUSU, the Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the University Staff Association (UASU) were also dismissed.
The inclusion of the vice chancellor, Stephen Kiama of the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Paul Wainaina of Kenyatta University, KUSU argued that it was not enough to convince the union that university teachers were represented.
He therefore asked Ruto to act quickly and persuade them against opposing the panel and its results in court.