The Friday Bulletin
State finally authorize implementation of Madrassa curriculum
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NAIROBI—The government through the Ministry of Education has authorized the implementation of the approved Kenya Primary Madrassa Curriculum.
In a letter addressed to the Executive Director of Muslim Education Council (MEC) Munawar Khan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenya Institute of CurriculumDevelopment (KICD) Charles Ong’ondo stated that Muslim Education Council, a body mandated to represent Muslims on matters of education has been authorized to implement the Madrassa curriculum within the policy framework of the education ministry.
He further noted that the information regarding the Madrassa curriculum that was approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in 2020 has been formally communicated to the Ministry of Education (MOE).
“This is to inform you that information regarding the Madrassa curriculum that was approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has been formally communicated to the ministry of education. You therefore have authority to implement the curriculum,’” read part of the letter.
The management of Madrassas and Duksis schools in the country is set to change significantly after the authorization of the implementation of the curriculum.
Speaking to the Friday Bulletin, Chairman of Muslim Education Council, Zafar Niaz lauded the government for the approval and authorization saying the move will enhance learning in Madrassas and Duksi schools across the country.
Niaz called on Muslim Education Council (MEC) County representatives to utilize their influence and positions in promoting Muslim education agenda at the county level and also ensure the Madrassa curriculum is fully implemented.
The MEC Chair further appealed for unity among Muslims and education stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the curriculum for the benefit of Muslim children.
For decades, Madrassa and Duksis have operated without a clear curriculum with each institution using locally generated syllabus while other madrassas depended on already developed learning guides from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Egypt. The 2013 Basic Education Act recognizes madrassas and duksis (Islamic schools in the Somali community) as formal schools and the approval and authorization of the curriculum now set pace for the development process for the secondary Madrassa Curriculum that has already started.