LATEST EDUCATION NEWS: KEY EVENTS THAT ARE LIKELY TO SHAPE THE EDUCATION SECTOR IN 2020
HERE ARE IMPORTANT EVENTS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO SHAPE THE KENYA EDUCATION SECTOR IN 2020: COMPETENCY-BASED CURRICULUM (CBC), PRE-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS, INTRODUCTION OF KSHS 30, 000 FOR STUDENTS JOINING TVET INSTITUTIONS AND THE PHASING OUT OF OVER 200 COURSES THAT ARE NOT MARKETABLE FROM UNIVERSITIES
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THE NEW COMPETENCY-BASED CURRICULUM: CBC ROLL-OUT IN GRADE FOUR LATEST UPDATES
The Ministry of Education is all set for the Grade 4 CBC curriculum roll-out this year.
According to the CS Education, Professor George Magoha, the government has already distributed all CBC Grade four textbooks and other KICD approved CBC curriculum support materials to all Kenyan schools in readiness for the roll-out of the new curriculum.
KICD had in 2019 published a full list of approved Grade 4 textbooks and other curriculum support materials on its official website provided below
TEACHER TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Government has raised the minimum teacher training qualifications from Certificate (P1) to Diploma Level in 2020.
The curriculum for this new level has already been designed and it will be implemented in 2020.
TVET INSTITUTIONS AND BURSARIES
The government has upgraded 70 technical and vocational education training institutions across the country to facilitate a smooth transition of KCSE candidates into tertiary education institutions.
Besides, the Government will provide a bursary of Kshs 30, 000 for each TVET student as from 2020.
2019 KCSE candidates who qualified for TVET institutions are therefore urged to apply for government funding.
EDUCATIONAL REFORMS BY CS MAGOHA IN KENYAN UNIVERSITIES
CS Education Professor George Magoha has also launched educational reforms aimed at wiping out at least 200 courses that are not marketable among Kenyan Universities.
KCSE 2018 candidates failed to apply for these unpopular courses.
According to KUCCPS official figures, 98 programmes offered by at least 40 universities failed to get any placement.
Kisii University was the worst hit with 12 unpopular courses followed by Karatina, University of Embu and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology with five courses each.
Some of these unpopular courses include:
Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
Bachelor of Business A administration
Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Resource Conservation and Development with IT)
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science and Resource Management)
Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Bachelor of Science in Bio-Chemistry
Bachelor of Science Agribusiness
Bachelor of Science Horticulture
Bachelor of Science Environmental Science
Following the snubbing of these courses by KCSE 2018 candidates, Professor George Magoha warned university Vice-Chancellors against introducing new courses that are irrelevant to the current economy.
Professor Magoha also directed universities to review some of these courses.