ANC Says It Will Scrap CBC If It Clinches Presidency

Written by on 7 February 2022

The Amani National Congress (ANC) Party now says it will scrap the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) if it ascends into power in the August polls.

The Musalia Mudavadi-led outfit in a tweet shared on Sunday said that under the administration of its leader and his newfound partner Deputy President William Ruto, the curriculum will be banished.

“The controversial Competence-Based-Curriculum (CBC) of education will be scrapped once the Ruto/Mudavadi government takes power in August,” wrote the party.

The party further expressed Mudavadi’s criticism of the Jubilee administration for what it said was a hastened and inconsiderate implementation of the new curriculum, terming it as a major burden to parents.

“​​ANC supremo @MusaliaMudavadi says CBC was hurriedly implemented without wide and genuine consultations with stakeholders and the new system is a big burden and an academic frustration to Kenyan parents,” they added.

An application challenging the implementation of the curriculum is meanwhile set for hearing on February 17.

Chief Justice Martha Koome in December named a three-judge bench to determine the case filed by lawyer Esther Ang’awa.

In her petition, Ang’awa argues that the CBC was rolled out without proper planning, citing that teachers were not appropriately prepared for the change in curriculum as such their learning curve might end up being affected in the long run.

To this effect, Ang’awa sued Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his education counterpart George Magoha along with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the National Assembly.

The aforementioned respondents, backed by the National Parents Association (NPA), have however asked the court to dismiss the case over claims that children will be affected should the court decide to make a decision without getting their input first.

The association, through its lawyer Elizabeth Akinyi, also claims that the petitioner has also not considered how compensation will be made to teachers and parents alike should the court move to abolish the CBC curriculum. 

CS Magoha has since maintained that CBC has worked well despite what he terms as “initial teething problems” during its roll-out.

“The concept of CBC is here to stay,” Magoha said during the Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association Annual Delegates Conference in Mombasa in December.

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