The Curriculum and Research Services (CRS) Department embarked on a three day workshop from the 20th to 23rd of March in a bid to enlighten the KICD curriculum developers on how to develop a competency based curriculum framework.
The three day workshop was sponsored by USAID and was chaired by Barbara Thornton from USAID. The main intent of the workshop was to examine various types of curricular including formal and hidden, to reflect on why most education systems now use competency based curriculum, outcomes of similar curricular, shared understanding of what a competency based curriculum means and the role of KICD in developing such curricula and to examine the breadth and type of the curriculum in the Kenyan context, based on international perspective.
The workshop was also out to examine the process of developing competency based curriculum which includes core values and societal needs, making decisions on the frame work, needs assessment and developing the curriculum framework which also comprised of packaging the framework.
According to the Senior Deputy Director Curriculum and Research Service (CRS), Madam Mercy Karogo, the training could not have come at a better time especially now that the Institute was going through the transition from KIE to KICD. This is because the transition will give the Institute more powers to effectively perform its core function which will be developing curricula.
“Once a competency based curriculum is developed it will help the graduates to be more innovative and globally competitive, “said Madam Karogo. She also added that the Institute was ready to put into action all what had been taught during the workshop.