Kenyans have called for radical reforms in the education sector, including an overhaul of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and a return to a reformed and improved 8-4-4 system.
Opinion was, however, divided as some stakeholders called for the reorganisation of CBC to make it more affordable for all.
This emerged as parents, learners, teachers, political leaders and other stakeholders gave their views to the presidential task force on education reforms, which embarked on public engagements yesterday.
The 42-member team, which was appointed by President William Ruto last month, visited 10 counties on its first day of public hearings. It was set up to give recommendations on how the education curriculum can be improved and is expected to give its recommendations by January.
Officially known as the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER), the team yesterday visited Kwale, Taita Taveta, Marsabit, Nyandarua, Turkana, Kericho, Busia, Migori, Mandera and Samburu counties.
In other interesting news, the government has hinted at plans to ban the ‘mitumba’ trade once the local textile sector has the capacity to handle the demand for clothing at affordable prices.
This comes as Trade, Investment and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria vehemently bashed the runner up in the 2022 August elections Raila Odinga who had proposed the same during the campaign season.
Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;
Mother of All Scandals During Uhuru’s Era Exposed as Former Uhuru’s Men are Grilled by EACC
A number of senior government officials who worked in the energy sector during the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta may be in trouble with anti-graft investigators.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has begun a probe into a contentious power contract that cost the public Sh18 billion, The Star had reported.
Media not invited as Matiang’i hands over to Kindiki in a private ceremony
The media were barred from Harambee House as former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Okengo Matiang’i yesterday handed over to his successor, Prof Kithure Kindiki.
Locking out the media from covering his last day in office seems to have been a last display of power by the tough-talking former CS who rose from being former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “Mr Fix It” to becoming the former Head of State’s right-hand man.
List of 131 Bleaching Products Banned From the Kenyan Market
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has banned up to 131 skin-lightening products from the Kenyan market.
The products which include bleaching creams, lotions, gels, and soaps have been found to contain substances that require a doctor’s prescription before use.
The standards watchdog said some bleaching products contain hydroquinone, steroids and hormonal preparations which should be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for medical use.