Magoha appeals to Murgor to challenge CBC implementation »Capital News


NAIROBI, Kenya, September 22 – Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has appointed Philip Murgor to represent him in the case challenging the implementation of the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) following a request filed by lawyer Esther Ang’awa.

In a notice dated September 21, the cabinet secretary said all correspondence and legal proceedings should be served by Murgor’s cabinet.

“Please note that Professor George Albert Omore Magoha, the Respondent herein, today appointed M / s Murgor & Murgor Advocates to act on its behalf in this matter. Please also note that henceforth all future correspondence and any legal proceedings will be served on the said firm, ”reads the notice.

The appointment of Murgor, a former prosecutor, paved the way for a fierce court battle over replacing the 8-4-4 education system with the 2-6-6-3 program.

The CBC system has come under scrutiny from a section of parents and leaders who have expressed concerns over its implementation, which has been called counterproductive and difficult by parties. who oppose it.

Some Kenyans and parents came to express their frustration with the new education systems, saying they required “a lot of work”.

Others pointed out that the CBC system will lead to inequalities in education, saying private schools have an additional advantage over public schools in different parts of the country, including remote and rural areas.

Lack of adequate network connectivity, insecurity and lack of resources are some of the challenges cited.

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The President of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Nelson Havi, representing the claimant, appealed to the court to seek protective orders against the continued implementation of the CBC.

In an urgent request filed on behalf of the petitioner, lawyer Ang’awa, Havi requested that the case be heard by an odd number of judges of at least five appointed by the chief justice.

READ: Havi and Ang’awa want CBC implementation to stay urgently enforced

“The need to have a bench of at least five to hear the case is informed by the various serious questions raised in the petition, notably whether the Minister in charge of Education can change the education system through session documents and policy decisions instead of legislation. He told Capital FM on Friday.

“A reading of the Basic Education Act indicates that the education system is codified in law and that its only Parliament can change that education system,” Havi explained.

The president of the LSK argued that the overhaul of the education system resulted in the change in the basic structure of the country’s education system without necessary changes to the Basic Education Law.

“The effect of this overhaul and replacement of the basic education system and structure is to designate a primary school as a secondary school and to obscure the dichotomy between these two components of the basic education structure. necessary basis for the transition from primary to secondary education, ”said Havi.

Ang’awa, who also filed an affidavit in support of the petition, said the roll-out of the new curriculum primarily based on the 2017 Basic Education Curriculum Framework and 2019 Session 1 document on curriculum reform was a violation of basic education. Law and the Constitution.

The petitioner argued that the actions of Magoha, the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD), the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) are illegal and harmful to school children.

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Magoha said in a recent forum with editors that teachers and learners were comfortable with the new curriculum, dismissing concerns raised by some of the stakeholders, including parents, as unfounded.

“We have no excuses to present to anyone, this skills-based program is here to stay. This is the most transformative thing in my life that I have seen. I was afraid our teachers would compromise him. Even the teachers love it, ”Magoha told the Kenya Editors Guild on Tuesday.

“To portray the government as if it is doing nothing, ladies and gentlemen, is unfair. Don’t demonize me for saying it, the facts are there, ”he said.

The national deployment of CBC began in January 2019 in preschools I and II and in classes I, II and III of the first cycle of primary education. Since then, learners have moved to grade V.

On Monday, the National Parents Association (NPA) which wants to be ordered in the case supported CBC by saying it would defend the program in court.

“What we are saying as parenting parents is to let the court case continue, but we will declare that many parents in this country, over 10 million people, support the CBC,” said Nicholas Maiy , president of the NPA, at a press conference. .

They characterized concerns about the high cost of learning resources as unfounded.

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