Video of a 10-year-old boy from Tharaka Nithi on TBEN Goes Viral


A video of a 10-year-old boy from a school in Tharaka Nithi County, outlining seven reasons why the task force evaluating the competency-based curriculum (TBEN) should scrap the curriculum, went viral on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The video of the 6th grade boy was shared on Twitter by Mungai Kihanya and quickly got netizens talking about the various points raised in the minor.

According to the boy, the proposal to allow 7th and 8th grade students to live in secondary as Junior Secondary students would have adverse effects on the young minds.

A collage of TBEN Task Force Chairman Raphael Munavu


In the seven-point speech, the 10-year-old outlined reasons why the task force appointed by President William Ruto on Friday, September 30, should change the format of the TBEN to allow 7th and 8th grade students to stay in elementary school.

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The boy stated that 6th grade boys and girls are 10 or 11 years old and therefore too young to mingle with older boys and girls in high school.

“In Tharaka culture, boys are initiated into adulthood when they enter high school – so will it be the same with a 10-year-old boy like me?” he asked.

The boy made a presentation to the Raphael Munavu-led task force on behalf of students from Tharaka Nithi County on Friday, November 11, at the county task force’s public hearing.

According to the students in the region, primary school teachers understand the children more as they go through as they are still young at 10 years old and thus unable to survive high school.

“Reason number three,” the boy declared to the applause of the audience, “primary schools have plenty of classrooms, currently used by standard seven and eight. These are the same classes that can be used by grades 7 and 8.”

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He indicated that by recommending that students in grades 7 and 8 continue their studies in elementary school, the task force will save the government the headache of building new classrooms in high schools.

In addition, the boy emphasized the double-entry challenge that secondary schools are likely to experience in 2023, when they will have to admit both 7th and 1st grade students.

According to the 6th grade student, primary school teachers are well versed in TBEN as they have been working on it for the past 6 years, from grades 1 to 6. He threw a jibe at the government for training secondary school teachers TBEN When It’s Too Late.

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“Older boys and girls in high school are likely to take advantage of the younger boys and girls who go to high school at a young age and introduce us to what you know,” the boy said as he asked the government for the cutbacks. students by giving them an opportunity to stay in primary school for their 7th and 8th grades.

As part of the solution, the pupil suggested that if grades 7 and 8 are kept in primary school, they could be renamed to Senior Primary School instead of Junior Secondary School to avoid contradictions.

The TBEN task force is expected to: file a report with the president after gathering public views on Friday, Nov. 11.

Students participate in a chicken preparation practical under CBC

Students participate in a chicken preparation practical under TBEN