CEO/Secretary to the Council
Prof. Charles O. Ong’ondo
Prof. Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo is the Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).He was appointed on September, 25th , 2020. KICD is a State Corporation established by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Act 2013. The core mandate of KICD is to develop research based curricula and curriculum support materials for basic and tertiary education and training in Kenya, except the University level. The Institute’s vision is to be a centre of excellence in transformative and globally competitive curricula. In doing this, KICD is guided by the desire of nurturing every learner’s potential through a Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
Prof. Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education. He is a Commonwealth Academic Fellow and Scholar who holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research Methodology (University Warwick, UK), a PhD in English Language Teacher Education (the University of Leeds, UK), an M.Phil. Degree in English Language Education(Moi University, Kenya), a B.Ed. Degree in English and Literature (Moi University), and a Diploma in Education (Siriba Teachers College – Kenya).
His academic interests are: Research Methodology (with special interest in Qualitative research); Teacher Education (with keen attention to the Practicum); English Language Pedagogy (at School, Tertiary and University levels); Training of Trainers;Curriculum/Programme/Course Design and Evaluation; Academic Writing and Organizational Communication.
Before he joined KICD, Prof. Ong’ondo was a Teacher Educator in English Language Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Media (CIEM) in the School of Education at Moi University – Kenya. He has worked at Moi University for Sixteen years – rising from the level of Assistant Lecturer in 2004, through the ranks of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor. Prior to joining the university as a lecturer, Charles had had Thirteen years’ experience as a teacher of English Language and Literature in English at secondary school level in Kenya.
While at Moi University, Prof. Ong’ondo served as the Executive Director of African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) for more than three years. ANIE is a Pan-African organization committed to the advancement of high quality research,advocacy, capacity building, information sharing, and transnational networking on the internationalization of education with prime focus on Africa. ANIE aims to enable African educational institutions and development stakeholders to take optimal advantage of the opportunities presented by internationalization. ANIE has its Secretariat at the Margaret
Thatcher Library, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.
Prof. Ong’ondo also served as the Head of the Department of Communication Studies, for Six years (2011-2017) and School Examinations and Timetables Coordinator (2009-2011). He also served as acting Dean of School of Information Sciences and School of Human Resource Development on a number of occasions. While serving in these capacities and in his role as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, he participated in development and review of curricula and academic programmes.