The National Examinations Council (KNEC) has been requested to establish more relevant assessment tools for determining CBC performance among students.
Life skills are just as vital as the other basic courses, according to John Mugo, executive director of Zizi Afrique. Under the Competency-Based Curriculum, life skills are taught as a key subject in junior secondary school.
According to Mugo, the school system now needs to structure how these skills are learned, and the CBC has selected seven essential competences.
The seven key competencies are:
- communication and teamwork,
- critical thinking and problem solving,
- Imagination and creativity,
- learning to learn,
- Digital literacy.
Competencies are incorporated in all learning areas at all levels. It’s unclear how some competencies will be assessed as the first cohort prepares to start junior secondary school next year.
“We could do more together,” he remarked, pointing out that the folks who prepared Grade 3 tests included an assessment of these competencies in addition to English, Math, and Kiswahili.
Mugo, on the other hand, stressed the difficulty of measuring life-based abilities, encouraging KNEC to include all stakeholders. In responding to shifting trends, he highlighted the need of life skills.
He says that possessing competent values and talents provides applicants a leg up on the competition. Grade 5 is where the CBC is now being implemented.
On April 25, the first term of the school year 2021-22 begins, and students will advance to Grade 6.
The Kenya Certificate of Basic Education Exam, which will be administered later this year to grade 6 students, is the first national CBC evaluation test (KCBE). 1.24 million KCBE pioneer candidates will start junior secondary school in January 2023.
Approximately 60,000 instructors for junior secondary pupils will be taught in CBC beginning in April. CBC has been taught to 229,000 teachers by the Ministry of Education.