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New learning areas as schools set to offer personal skills and psychological skills training

Learners receiving training in Taekwondo. Schools will now be expected to offer training in interpersonal and psychological skills.
Learners receiving training in Taekwondo. Schools will now be expected to offer training in interpersonal and psychological skills.

Schools will now be expected to offer training to learners in personal skills and psychological skills. This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (Amendment) Bill of 2019.

The new law mandates KICD to incorporate personal safety and psychosocial skills training in the curricula for basic and tertiary institutions.

The overall objective of the Act is to enhance the country’s disaster preparedness especially in learning institutions. The new training will enable schools and learners to deal with such disasters as school fire outbreaks and the recent covid-19 pandemic; among others.

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale and Treasury CS Ukur Yattani attended the signing ceremony on Thursday.

Also present were Attorney General Paul Kihara, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, State House Deputy Chief of Staff Njee Muturi and National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai.

The new law will now enable the KICD to redesign the curriculum so as to incorporate the new training areas. Learners’ safety has been a major concern for a long time now following various fire incidents in the past where some of them sadly lost lives.

These changes come at a time when the government is rolling out the new competency based curriculum, CBC.

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