Teachers in Maryjoy Schools have been fully trained on the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) that is set to replace the 8-4-4 system.
Maryjoy Kindergarten and Primary school principal Karen Osumba said the teachers have been trained on the new curriculum that seeks to address the disconnect between the education content and requirements in the job market.
Ms. Osumba said Maryjoy schools are fast gaining reputation as being centres of excellence for education and training in Mombasa and is committed to shaping the minds and values of the learners.
The school head said the private school that has been in existence for the last twenty years value the transformational growth that takes places when teachers and pupils experience the joy of learning together.
She said CBC that will progressively replace the old summative based curriculum which has been in existence since 1985 will help ensure the holistic development of learners.
Osumba said the new system will help learners in reading, creativity and numeracy at an early age.
She said young learners will be able to manipulate their own environment and find simple solutions to problems that confront their surroundings and the society.
In CBC education system classes are referred to as grades, subject areas as learning areas, syllabus as designs, topics as strands, and learning resources instead of teaching aids among other new terminologies.
“For example examinations are now referred to as competence based assessment where students or schools do not compete against each other as is the case with 8-4-4 system” she said.
Ms. Osumba said the competency based curriculum would shift the focus from merely passing examinations to the practical acquisition of skills.
Parents fully involved
She said the new system will promote competency based learning in the country and offers parents the opportunity to be involved in their children education.
“Children will be assessed based on their competencies and this will help determine the individual strengths and weaknesses,” she said.
[Pupils in grade one learning. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
She said the new curriculum creates pathways for young learners to pursue their career in their academic life such that those who are good in the arts and sciences will pursue their line much earlier than is the case with 8-4-4.
Osumba said with the competency-based learning children will be able to learn at their own pace unlike the 8-4-4 system that turned the young learners into pawns in an education system that was obsessed with high mean scores.
Ms. Osumba also says they have incorporated their students in learning agriculture husbandry on farm gardening and animal keeping both in theory and practical.
The educationist says her institution has been nurturing students with special talents in areas of music, creative art, music and games among others.
“Parents should take up mentorship role during the August school holiday,” she added.
The head teacher noted that school is an institution that shapes character, convictions, and offers bearing to impressionable minds
The school head is now encouraging parents to support children endowed with creative talents even as they pursue education, saying the future of the country is in young people.
Mrs Osumba urged the pupils to refuse the easy way of life, work hard to achieve your vision by making your choices well.
Mrs Osumba has also called upon parents to monitor the vulnerable children on the online media consumption to protect them from potential harmful content which can corrupt their morals and values.
The School head says if young pupils left unattended bad influence can lead to drugs and substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.