Barut-based Soar Kenya Academy lauded for embracing holistic educatio

Barut-based Soar Kenya Academy in Nakuru West Sub County has been lauded for embracing holistic education to learners.

Speaking at the school over the weekend during the graduation ceremony for PP2 and Grade 6 pupils, immediate former President Rotary Club of Nakuru Joab Okello lauded the approach saying it is key in broadening the mind of the learner.

He encouraged parents to invest in the education of their children so as to give them a strong foundation for prosperity.

According to Okello, children need to be provided not only with accessible but quality education especially at a tender age to keep them abreast with learning skills.

On the ongoing conversation on Competency Based Curriculum, Okello urged the Government to work closely with stakeholders in implementing the same.

“I am impressed with Soar Kenya Academy simply because the school has continued to cater holistic education to the learners and in doing so they are bringing up great people in society. This is in line with CBC that the government is advocating for” said Okello.

The Founder and Director Soar Kenya Academy James Yegon on his part reiterating the school’s commitment towards working with government and other stakeholders to improve education standards.

He noted that, education sector is huge and should involve all stakeholders for a better society and nation at large.

On the CBC issue, Yegon revealed that the centre is fully prepared in terms of teachers’ training as well as infrastructure for the Junior Secondary.

“On CBC, we are ready as a school. We hope the taskforce will give a report on time so that we can move forward” he said.

The centre recorded a mean score of 372.58 in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and this year the school has a target mean score of 380 and above.

The school’s head Godfrey Odida on his part called on the government to work closely with stakeholders in improving the education standards in the country.

According to him, there is still confusion on various aspects of the new curriculum hence the need for proper sensitization.

“There is dire need for the government to carry out proper sensitization on the CBC to address the state of confusion that the majority of parents and schools are in” he said.

Since the inception of CBC parents have been raising concerns with calls on the government to help address the same before full implementation.

Key among them is the issue of current schools accommodating the Junior secondary.

Praxcedes Namathi- a parent at Soar Kenya Academy says the mixing of the pupils should be looked into.

She is however quick to note that the CBC in itself is a good curriculum that should be embraced by all.

“We still wait for the taskforce to give their report so that we can be in the know how” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Ms Vivian Chelang’at who is a young parent.

To her, CBC is the way to go as pupils are exposed to great opportunities and talents as per their capability.


Task Force: There is more in CBC than just Junior Secondary

The presidential task force on education reforms says Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) is not all about Junior Secondary, but rather runs across the education system from Pre-Primary, Primary, and Secondary up to University.

Speaking on Thursday during a courtesy call to Nakuru Deputy Governor David Kones in his office, the members led by Fr. Professor Stephen Mbugua said the public has had a bad notion about the CBC.

“CBC is not the Primary or Secondary as people have said, but rather it is right from pre-primary to university education” said Fr.Mbugua.

The team has already visited Samburu, Laikipia Counties.

In Nakuru County the team shall be visiting various institutions to get views on the CBC and the legal frameworks as they would like to have it.

The curriculum has received equal measure of praise and criticism.

It should be noted that foundation education is devolved and counties have a mandate to make sure that it works.

Nakuru Deputy Governor David Kones on his part emphasised on the need to have education system checked to suite the requirements of the country.

“Changing the system should not burden the learners, teachers and parents. Of concern is also whether the system needs an overhaul or not, are the personnel trained?” he stated.

The DG outlined that the county has a program on ECD where learners are served with lunch with adequate teachers as well as reduced maximum distance between ECD centres.

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