Institutional Preparedness in Implementation of Competency Based Curriculum in Primary Schools in Kenya in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic
Curriculum reform is usually a planned order which all stakeholders affected become part of the process by making their contribution to operationalize the curriculum as designed and developed. The purpose of the study was to investigate the level preparedness of school resources for the implementation of the competency-based curriculum during COVID-19 pandemic in primary schools in Wareng Sub-County, Uasin-Gishu County, Kenya. The study examined the level of availability of material resource for the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum during COVID-19 crisis. It also investigated the physical resources availabilty for the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum during COVID-19 crisis in primary schools. The study was guided by curriculum implementation theory by Gross. The study adopted survey research design. The target population was 120 head teachers and 220 grade 1-3 teachers from 120 primary schools. Stratified sampling was used to group schools into private and public schools, 21 public schools were selected and 15 private schools. Purposive sampling was then used to select 36 head teachers from the sampled 36 schools, 66 teachers were selected randomly from those of early year grades. Data was collected using questionnaires and interview schedules. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. The study revealed that teaching and learning resources were available but inadequate for all learners during COVID-19 crisis. Moreover, the study found out that physical resources needed renovations, expansion and equipping of rooms for implementation of the curriculum during COVID-19 crisis. The study therefore recommends that the government to provide adeguate teaching and learning materials in all schools for curriculum implementation during COVID-19 crisis. Furthermore, physical resources such as classrooms should be renovated to fit learning standards, more classrooms to be built and be equipped adequately to overcome challenges caused by COVID-19 crisis.
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