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MMUST Conducts a Webiner Workshop to Assess the University’s Preparedness for the Implemention of Competence Based Education

Participants during the webinar.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology on 24th May 2023 held a workshop to review how the University’s preparedness for the implementation of the Competence-Based Education (CBE) programme. The aim of this webinar was to investigate the level of preparedness of the University for the implementation of Competency-Based Education. This webinar organized by the Director, Research and Postgraduate Support, Prof. Peter Bukhala was held at the Vice Chancellor’s boardroom.

Commenting on the workshop, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic and Student Affairs) Prof. Hussein Golicha noted that the workshop is geared towards preparing the University board members and staff to prepare for the programme. He assured that the programme is ready in the process and that MMUST is ready for it.

“With the implementation of CBE, every child is required to attain the abilities and temperament needed to succeed in the 21st century. As a University, we are keen on revising the curriculum to achieve this shared goal,” assured Prof. Golicha.

The Director Research and Postgraduate Support Prof. Peter Bukhala and the Dean

The Director, Research and Postgraduate Support, Prof. Peter Bukhala and the Dean, the School of Education Dean, Prof. Moses Poipoi following the webinar presentations.

Speaking during the webinar, Prof. Bukhala noted that this new curriculum focuses on a change from a focus on content to proficiency and stresses tutoring instead of schooling.

 “This webinar seeks to evaluate the University’s preparedness and ability to administer this new curriculum. CBE is open, participatory, contextualized, process-oriented, dynamic, interdisciplinary and adaptable to changes and advances in the pedagogical disciplines. It demands a lot of commitment from all of us for it to flourish,” said Prof. Bukhala.

The webinar encompassed various presentations including; ‘Expected Support in the Transition to CBE- by Prof. Moses Poipoi-, ‘Planned and Ongoing Preparation Measures for Transition to CBE in MMUST- by Prof. Judah Ndiku, ‘Perceptions of Universities about CBE’- by Prof. Col. John Okoth, ‘Challenges Envisioned in the Transition to CBE’- Dr. Issa Kweyu,  ‘Level of Awareness among University staff about CBE’- Dr. Teresa Okoth Experiences from Teachers at Various Levels- Mr. David Inyangalaand ‘Why Competency-Based Education: The Paradigm Shift’- Ms. Millicent Koga.

The Director Research and Postgraduate Support Prof. Peter Bukhala and the Dean3

A section of the webinar participants.

Commenting on one of the presentations, the Ag, Registrar (Academic Affairs), Prof. Thomas Sakwa stated that the University is putting in place what is required for the implementation of the CBE. He also added that it is important to train for transferable skills, involvement in industry training, capacity building and compliance and adhering to the standards of the programme is mandatory.

The Director, Postgraduate Studies- Prof. Stephen Odebero urged that the University should improve on technology, carry out research in all areas to understand the CBE programme well and place standardization of examinations. Similarly, the Dean, of the School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences and Technology, Prof. Edwin Wamukoya explained the importance of reviewing and aligning, the programme from the best angle, and employable skills.

Additionally, Dr. Chris Wasike noted that the Kahoot! App will help in changing the attitude and perception of the staff and students about the programme.  Echoing Dr. Wasike, Dr. Catherine Aurah applauded the University for the progress it has made in the preparedness for the implementation of CBE.  She added that there will be training in pedagogy for every lecturer. 

Notably, Competency-Based Education is a method of academic instruction and evaluation based upon students demonstrating their mastery of a subject. This method focuses on having students “show what they know” and applying the concepts they've learned to evaluations that show they've truly grasped the subject. For universities, this involves preparing students by linking the skills developed through a major's curriculum directly to their application in the labour market.

By Linet Owuor, Milicent Masitsa and Getrude Ajiambo

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