The Member of Parliament for Teso North, Hon. Oku Kaunya, has requested the Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu to consider merging the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) with the existing 8-4-4 curriculum.
The call comes as the country grapples with the challenges of transitioning from the old system to the CBC.
Hon. Kaunya noted that the transition process has not been without difficulties and that incorporating the CBC into the current curriculum would offer an effective solution.
He urged the Cabinet Secretary to consider this proposal as a way of streamlining the education system.
The Member of Parliament also sought clarification on whether the Ministry of Education would cover the full costs of implementing the CBC, including the purchase of necessary resources for carrying out CBC lessons.
This was in response to concerns raised by teachers and parents over the high cost of materials required to teach CBC.
Additionally, Hon. Kaunya requested information on the measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure that all 1.2 million Grade 7 learners successfully transition to Junior Secondary School.
This is a critical stage in the implementation of the CBC and requires careful planning and execution to ensure a smooth transition.
Lastly, the Member sought an explanation on the fate of infrastructure that was previously established in secondary schools using public funds in preparation for Junior Secondary Schools, which are now being housed in primary schools.
He called on the Ministry to provide clear guidance on the way forward, especially in terms of infrastructure development and resource allocation.
The move underscores the need for stakeholders to work together to ensure the successful implementation of the CBC and the continued delivery of quality education to all learners in the country