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Why Competency Based Curriculum Is a Boost to Kenya's Sports

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A teacher takes part in P.E lesson in the new CBC curricullum

A teacher takes part in P.E lesson in the new CBC curricullum

So what is CBC?

I have this niece of mine who has made me the Zeus of her life, she has developed a habit of always updating me on what happened and what did not happen in school. On this Friday evening, she finds me in the gym (which I have made my routine owing to my growing tummy), she first starts by trying to lift a 50 kg barbell which I scold her for doing, then she walks to me. I pray that she does not subject me to her endless questions, which she does before I complete my silent prayer. " Uncle Nyams, what is CBC in full?" I wipe my face soaking my towel with sweat, perhaps trying to come up with an answer."Canadian Broadcasting Corporation" I reply effortlessly. I had sent an application to the latter last week after a termination letter smiled at me in my previous job, following what was explained as "the covid 19 effect"

" Uncle, you are wrong!" She shouts behind my back. So what is this CBC? What does it bring that we lack? CBC is Competency-Based Curriculum, the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) under the 2-6-3-3 system of education in Kenya was unveiled in 2017 to replace the 8-4-4 system of education which has served Kenya for 32 years

In Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) learning is based on the needs and potential of individual learners under a flexible framework and parameters that move and shift according to the learners’ demands. CBC is collective learning in which the learner and instructor are partners in the learning process as they jointly seek answers and solutions to simple and complex learning expectations useful to humanity. CBC promotes hands-on training and infuses acquisition of new knowledge through observation, learning as you do, experiential learning and practical experimenting to become better at each succeeding stage. In CBC, exams are not necessary but competency is measured by several methods to ascertain that the learner is mastering content or getting better at what they are doing

Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) learning is based on the needs and potential of individual learners under a flexible framework and parameters that move and shift according to the learners’ demands.

The football impact

By the time I am writing this article on the 14th of August 2021, Kenya has never qualified for the football world cup. The team entered its first FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 1974 but is yet to participate in the prestigious tournament.

This is despite having amazing footballers, the likes of Dennis Oliech, whom The Guardian once considered as one of the most promising young footballing talents alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in 2005 January, Victor Wanyama who was part of the final squad for Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final 2018-2019 among others.

CBC promises Kenya a world cup appearance, kids who wish to become the future "Messi's " of this world will specialise in football only. Out of this, I am confident we will have a solid team that can challenge the international showpiece. We will have more players playing their football abroad, recognised teams from all over the world will set football academies on our soil bringing with them both employment and talent opportunities.


Kenya's Victor Wanyama with six time  Ballon d'Or winner, Leonel Messi

Kenya's Victor Wanyama with six time Ballon d'Or winner, Leonel Messi

The athletics impact

You may have seen Kenya dominating the world of athletics, well, get ready for more drama. Even with our poor training facilities (which I am not proud about), Kenya's performance remains spectacular going by our standards.

Eliud Kichoge has been the all-time legend in athletics by becoming the first to run in under two hours for a marathon. On October 12th, at a special time trial in Vienna, Austria. Kipchoge completed the 26.2-mile distance at 1:59:40. But, Kenyans should be ready for more records should CBC be fully adopted.

In the CBC era doping issues will also be well tackled as the future athletes will be taught on their diet, they will consume only what is needed by their bodies in the right quantities. Kenya will also contest for indoor activities which we have been underperforming for a long time. Javelin idol Julius Yego will watch his record being washed away by the CBC era boys, David Rudisha (the current 800M world record holder) will watch his record time of 1:40.91 replaced in captivating Kenyan style. Kenya will be on top of the moon!

Kenya's Eliud Kichoge celebrates breaking the "2 hour" mark in marathon

Kenya's Eliud Kichoge celebrates breaking the "2 hour" mark in marathon

The Rugby Impact

Re-watching the Singapore 2016 series gives me unexplainable joy, seeing those Fiji beasts lie on the turfed pitch hopelessly gladdens my heart. I have since marked 17 April 2016 in bold in memory of the brave heroes who upset the world favourites.

I look forward to more in the CBC era, I cannot imagine a ten-year-old kid growing up on the right diet, flowing that egg-like ball and mastering the art by his fingertips after five years. He should be Cheslin Kolbe of their time or even Antoine Dupont.

Kenya's captain Adrew Amonde lifts the Singapore series cup

Kenya's captain Adrew Amonde lifts the Singapore series cup

Bring it on!

I know by now you can't wait to have CBC working, I also want it here. I want to see Kenya a favourite to bag all medals in Olympics, I want to hear the Peter Drully of those days praise Kenya footballers like I hear them doing for English players. I want to see huge Kenyan men floor Fiji and South Africa like small kids in rugby. I want to see this happening.

Come quench my thirst CBC.

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