The New Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) training for teachers is ongoing as scheduled in preparation for junior secondary school.
Latest revelations indicate that teachers will not be enjoying their holidays as from next year as that is the time that they will be training.
The teachers will be trained by Teacher Service Commission (TSC) and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
In this training, science teachers will be trained on the new approach to the reorganized learning areas. Biology, physics and chemistry will cease to exist as they are known. Junior secondary will begin in grade seven.
In addition, these teachers will be taught as integrated IT science and others taught topics in health educators and home science.
Furthermore, the new learning areas will be pre-tech and pre-career studies, performing arts, visual arts, physical education and sports and life skill education.
Grade VII curriculum designs has been uploaded by KICD to its website.
Teachers in Biology, chemistry and physics will handle the integrated science. ‘The teachers once retooled will comfortably handle this new content. There is no need to have a special teacher’ the magazine read
The Pre-tech and pre- career studies will be taught to physics and mathematics teachers. Skills in this area will be offered through the woodwork, metalwork, technical drawing, electricity, electronics, typewriting, short-hand, textiles and clothing and auto mechanics.
CBC training is part of the preparations the government is undertaking before grade five learners move to junior secondary in January 2023.
Come the year 2023, students enrollment will be expected to be in double number since we will be having double intake. This is because the current standard six and seven learners will be joining the junior secondary in 2023 and 2024 respectively. The current curriculum will be on as it is being phased out slowly.
Total percentage of learners in secondary school is expected to increase by 27.