Ministry, KICD given 10 days to file response over 2-6-3-3 curriculum feud

Dr Matiang'i has eventually landed in the court room.

Technical University of Mombasa Mathematics lecturer Mr Eric Mugambi sued the Ministry and KICD and pleaded with the court to order an injunction on the planned roll out of the 2-6-3-3 curriculum set for January next year.

“A six-year implantation strategy will cause a crisis in our schools by admitting two different cohorts of classes the same time into junior secondary schools in 2020 and 2021 when grade six and standard eight students will need admission in secondary education,” Mr Mugambi argued.

Mombasa High Court Justice Eric Ogola declined to grant the interim orders that were sought by Mr Mugambi, pending a fair hearing from all the accused parties.

Mr Mugambi demanded that the Ministry of Education and the KICD be restrained from training staff in preparation for the roll out of the new curriculum and also to compel the respondents to hold a national conference within the next 60 days. The conference, he argued, would be instrumental in explaining critical issues being raised by Kenyans about the curriculum.

Dr Matiang’i through the Attorney General’s office, pleaded with the court to give more time as the issues raised by Mr Mugambi were “weighty, we need to get sufficient time to prepare ourselves,” AG’s counsel Mr Richard Ngandi told the court in Mombasa.

Earlier, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in partnership with the Ministry of Education had given a roadmap of the implementation of the new curriculum, with a one-week training forum for teachers.

The new proposed system, Dr Matiang’i’s team said earlier, has three tiers: Early years, consisting of Pre-primary One to Grade Three; middle-school, comprising Grades Four to Nine; and senior school, running from Grade 10 to 12.

The accused earlier explained that the new curriculum sought to equip learners with seven key skills: communication and collaboration; self-efficacy; critical thinking and problem solving; creativity and imagination; citizenship; digital literacy; and learning to learn. The petitioner, however, is opposed to this arrangement.

Already KICD has earmarked the training of over 170,000 teachers who will oversee the implementation of the new curriculum in January. The training is set to begin this month, and will run for two months.

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