Why we might soon forget famous top-performing high schools and principals
Kenyans might soon forget the top-performing high schools if the government fully embraces the Competence-based Curriculum (CBC).
This is because in announcing the results of 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE) and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results, the Ministry of Education is used a method that focused on embracing CBC.
While announcing the KCSE results on Friday, Cabinet Secretary of Education Ezekiel Machogu, unlike his predecessor Prof George Magoha, ‘denied’ parents and the country at large the privilege to know the best student.
The CS by all means avoided mentioning the best student or even the entry point of the best student.
This kind of formula was also reflected in the release of the 2022 KCPE results. Then, the CS did not name the best candidate, only mentioning the best’s candidates total marks.
CBC education system focuses on evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of learners, and requires that learners’ marks or grades are not revealed.
The new education system requires the teacher or the person accessing a leaner’s performance only to establish whether or not the learner has reached, exceeded or is below expectation.
To comment on a learner’s performance, the teacher uses Curriculum based monitoring tests.
On the other hand, the teacher also uses standardized tests that include all the material presented over the duration of the year, observation and interaction, frequent evaluations and formative assessment.
The CBC aims to be a more student-based system, with more focus on the ability of the student to self-learn and develop relevant skills requisite for any engagement carried out.