Universities in the country have been challenged to assist the government in implementing the Competency Based Curriculum by offering short courses for Early Childhood Development Education teachers.
Speaking on Wednesday in his office while receiving Kisii University officials who donated books on the new curriculum, Homa Bay Deputy Governor, Hamilton Orata called on the institutions to help bridge the gap between the old and new curriculum by providing crash programmes to ECDE teachers who lacked the capacity to handle the new curriculum.
Orata said that the books would assist both the pupils in primary and secondary schools in pursuing their education.
The Deputy Governor appealed to Kisii University to foster and strengthen partnership with the county in academic matters, adding that the book donation marks the beginning of a long term relationship.
The Kisii University in conjunction with Books for Africa organization has donated 40 cartons of new curriculum books and reference material worth Sh.6 million to Homa Bay County.
The donation which was championed by Homa Bay County Governor’s wife, Rosalina Awiti will be distributed to various schools within the county by the department of education.
While addressing the same occasion, the Kisii University Registrar Academic Affairs, Prof. Phillip Owino appealed to the county government to support university students undergoing parallel program with bursaries.
Prof. Owino said that the institution is determined to promote academic excellence as it has had similar donations in other counties.
The occasion was also attended by the CECM for Education and ICT, Beatrice Asyago, the County Director of Education, Fredrick Kiiru and Chairperson of County Assembly Committee on Education, James Okeyo among others.
By Abuya Fred/Davis Langat