There are sufficient grounds to have CBC declared NULL and VOID. They include;
1. Lack of public participation – it was implemented without any documentation that could have facilitated any meaningful public participation. No debate was held in parliament before it was approved for implementation.
Ideally, a sessional paper should have been presented to parliament for debate. An implementation strategy and plan should have been presented to the public for discussion and further input. Teachers, parents and even students should have been involved
2. Denial of right to educations as guaranteed by the constitution – the CBC requirements can only be met by the rich. Poor kids will be deprived of their right to quality education. No sufficient budgetary allocation has been made to facilitate its implementation. With underfunded public schools CBC will only work in private schools which are unaffordable to poor kids
3. Lack of clarity on implementation – we are just two years to the transition to juniour secondary. There is no clarity how this transition will happen. Even the Ministry of Education has no idea. There is no evidence of any preparation for such a transition. There is no budgetary allocation to facilitate the transition
4. Inadequate manpower for its implementation – very little training has been undertaken for the teachers handling CBC. In some schools some of the CBC subjects have no teachers to teach. It is unclear which teachers will teach juniour secondary. This is an unfolding disaster
5. CBC is a deadly experiment with no known economic benefits – there is no evidence which has been presented so far to show the gap in 8-4-4 that CBC is seeking to fill. There are no case studies of countries similar to Kenya where CBC has worked. There are no known economic objectives that CBC seeks to achieve. Our children are being used as lab rats and guinea pigs by faceless people
In short, allowing CBC to proceed will result in irreversible harm to children. The whole thing should be scrapped at the earliest opportunity. Those behind the mess should be held to account.