Teacher Tabichi named in Ruto’s education team to review CBC
The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi is part of a 42-member education reform taskforce gazetted by President William Ruto to review the competency based curriculum (CBC), basic education, technical and university education.
The taskforce will be chaired by Prof Raphael Munavu, a renown educationist and lecturer, who is the current chairman of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS).
Through a gazette notice on Friday, the president said that the Working Party on Education Reform will to cause and undertake summative evaluation of CBC and to assess and recommend an appropriate structure to implement the competency-based curriculum.
The taskforce has been given a period of six months to complete their work and are expected to issue a process report every two months to the President and a final report presented after the six months’ period.
“The working party shall invite and consider views from sector stakeholders and members of the public, hold such number of meetings in places and at such times as it shall consider for proper discharge of its functions,” directed President Ruto.
The taskforce will undertake its evaluation for six months and has been asked to be issuing the president with a progress report every two months from the date hereof and a final report at the end of the term.
The team will also study all laws governing the basic education subsector, and make recommendations for review of the current legislations with a view to addressing duplication, ambiguities, efficiency constraints and improving linkages, as well as studying, assess and make recommendations.
It will also review, and recommend appropriate financing framework including capitation and minimum essential package grants for all levels of basic education.
During his inauguration, President Ruto said CBC, which was introduced by the former President Uhuru Kenyatta, will be reviewed with an aim of improving it.
The team formed will also review and recommend a tracking system to capture and enroll children of school age to ensure universal access to preprimary, primary and secondary education.
The team also includes Peter Mokaya Tabichi, the science teacher who who won the Sh100 million 2019 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in 2019, former Commission for University Education (CUE) boss Prof David Some, and University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof Stephen Gitahi Kiama.
Others are Dr Halima Saado Abdilahi, Prof Collins Odote, Dr Ciriaka Gitonga, Purity Mbaabu, Dr Edward Katue Nzinga and Ms Virginia Wahome.