In Summary
  • Omtatah argues that the changes were rushed and that the authorities are not prepared to roll out the Competence Based Curriculum.
  • The activist also notes that parliament does not have a policy and the legal framework for changing the system and that the government has not set aside funds.
  • In December 2018, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed told a committee of the Senate that the government was not ready for the national rollout of the system.
  • After meeting the National Steering Committee on the curriculum review, she changed the position and announced that the system would be launched.

Activist Okiya Omtatah wants the High Court to suspend the proposed changes to the new education system for reasons including lack of preparation and public participation.

In a case certified as urgent by Justice Chacha Mwita, Mr Omtatah further argues that the changes were rushed and that the authorities are not prepared to roll out the Competence Based Curriculum.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

The government wants to replace the 8-4-4 education system with the 2-6-3-3-3.

But the activist notes further that parliament does not have a policy and a legal framework for changing the system and that the government has not set aside funds.

In the petition, Mr Omtatah adds that the government did not publish and publicise a policy paper on the proposed changes and that it never invited public commentary ahead of the rollout.

“The changes are rushed. There is hardly any public understanding of what the new system means and requires, and there is even less preparedness on the part of the government,” he says in the sworn statement.

Mr Omtatah also points out that schools, members of the public and other stakeholders are at a loss for lack of adequate teaching and learning resources.

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