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Rigathi Gachagua: Blame Uhuru for CBC mess

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has again accused former president Uhuru Kenyatta of running the education sector without consulting Kenyans.

While outlining President William Ruto’s administration’s plans to improve the quality of education, the DP stressed that the confusion experienced in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) proves it was rolled out in a haphazard manner.

CBC curriculum was launched by former president Uhuru Kenyatta and his then Deputy William Ruto as a replacement for the 8-4-4 system.

Gachagua accused the former president of not having respect for public participation, ‘hence coming up with strategies bound to fail’.

“It did not have respect for public participation. All we could see are things done without consulting Kenyans,” lamented the second in command.

A few days after being sworn in as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya, Dr Ruto appointed a 42-member task force to evaluate the country’s education system and come up with recommendations.

Through a gazette notice dated September 30, 2022, the President also directed the education committee to come up with an appropriate structure to implement the CBC.

DP Gachagua has revealed that the Prof. Raphael Munavu-led-committee, will submit its final report to the head of state in March 2023 after engaging public opinion.

“For us, we have engaged Kenyans. The committee is expected to submit its findings to the president before the end of this month. The report will inform us about the reforms needed to better the education sector in Kenya,” Mr Gachagua stated.

The Ruto administration has done great things in the history of this nation within the short time in office, said Gachagua, citing the recent employment of 30, 000 teachers to bridge the shortage of teachers across the country as a milestone achieved by the Kenya Kwanza government.

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