Catholic schools headteachers have thrown their weight behind the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

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The school heads voiced their support during a meeting of the Catholic Schools Association that was held on Monday at the Catholic University of East Africa.

Paul Kariuki, who is the association's chair, said that the CBC would afford students and pupils the opportunity to develop in terms of values and life skills.

"There lies a great opportunity to make a contribution in values development and life skills in CBC," Kariuki said in a Youtube video shared by KTN News. (1:01-1:10)

The CBC has been the subject of great controversy as a section of teachers claimed that they had not been adequately involved in the process.

Embattled Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary-general Wilson Sossion had called on teachers not to participate in its implementation.

Sossion wanted more consultations between the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, however, maintained that nothing will stop his ministry from fully implementing the curriculum.

The resounding endorsement by the Catholic school heads leaves the critics of the curriculum even more isolated.

According to the Ministry of Education, CBC will seek to harness the individual abilities of students and impart practical skills that they can apply in real-life situations.