On Thursday 28th May,2020, President Kenyatta signed into law the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (Amendment) Bill of 2019 at State House. Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale and Treasury CS Ukur Yattani attended the signing ceremony among others such as Attorney General Paul Kihara, Joseph Kinyua - Head of Public Service,Njee Muturi - State House Deputy Chief of Staff,Michael Sialai - National Assembly Clerk.
The new law mandates KICD to incorporate personal safety and psychosocial skills training in the curricula for basic and tertiary institutions. Under the law, educators will also be expected to incorporate psycho-social skills that strengthen guidance and counseling on emotional problems and disorders that threaten learners' ability to interact in the classroom.
“The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Act is amended in Section 4 by inserting the following new paragraphs; incorporate personal safety skills, self-defense, demonstrations on security drills, first aid, detection, and response to weapons and evacuation procedures in curriculum development,” the amended law stipulates.
The amendment sponsored by Turkana Woman Representative Joyce Emanikor sought to reduce the risks posed to students by disasters in schools and learning institutions.
The overall objective of the Act is to enhance the country’s disaster preparedness especially in learning institutions. It is meant to also address unrest in schools, and response to emergencies including terror attacks and fire incidents that have claimed lives of learners in the past.