President William Ruto has appointed a taskforce to evaluate the competency based curriculum and to also recommend appropriate reforms to other sectors of the country’s education.
The President made the appointment of the Working Party on Education Reform through a Kenya Gazette Notice on September 29, 2022.
The Working Party is comprised of 42 members with Prof. Raphael Munavu as its chairperson.
The terms of reference of the working party is to “cause and undertake summative evaluation of Kenya competency based curriculum” and “to assess and recommend an appropriate structure to implement the competency-based curriculum”.
The team is supposed to study all laws governing basic education and make recommendations for review of these legislations with a view to addressing duplication, ambiguities, efficiency constraints and improving linkages.
It will make recommendations on the implementation of key aspects of the CBC system including “value-based education, community service learning, parental empowerment and engagement.”
Other key aspects the team will review include the assessment and examination framework, the quality assurance and standards framework, the teacher education and training framework for both pre-service and in-service, the teacher deployment framework, the technology for curriculum delivery and improved learning outcomes and education management.
Other areas of review in relation to basic education include access to education, public school categorisation system and management of bursaries.
“The Working Party shall have the powers and carry out such other functions necessary to undertake any matter incidental or ancillary to the foregoing,” said President Ruto in the Gazette Notice.
On tertiary and university education, the working party will review and recommend a governance and financing framework for TVET training and development, university education, research and training.
It will also study all laws governing tertiary education and make recommendations for review of these legislations with a view to streamlining effectiveness and efficiency in the subsector.
The team is mandated to recommend a framework of operationalising the National Open University of Kenya and a framework on Open, Distance and E-line learning, to make recommendations for streamlining continuity in TVET and university education transition and to review and recommend legislation to facilitate amalgamation of HELB, TVET and University Funding Boards with a view of harmonising and merging all tertiary education funding entities.
The working party will subsist for six months and will issue the President with a progress report every two months and a final report at the end of its term.