Kenya's educators struggle with rollout of competency-based curriculum

A student undergoes an assessment in Kenya. Photo by: Deepa Srikantaiah / GPE / CC BY-NC-ND

NAIROBI — In a shift away from exam-based rote learning, the Kenyan government is rolling out a competency-based curriculum for its students. It hopes a transition to encouraging critical thinking will make Kenyans more competitive in the global workforce.

The move is part of a growing trend in the global education community toward developing life skills in students rather than teaching them to regurgitate facts.

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    Sara Jerving

    Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.