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Curriculum training kicks off smoothly in Siaya

Teachers in Siaya have defied calls by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to boycott the curriculum based  training as they trooped to the respective centres for the four day exercise.

According to Siaya County Teachers’ Service Commission Director, Samwel  Marigat, the exercise kicked off smoothly in all  the 34 zonal training centres in the county on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media on phone, Marigat said a little hitch, occasioned by the rains was reported in Rarieda sub county in  the morning hours but everything went on smoothly afterwards.

The director said the training was good for the teachers, as the implementers of the new curriculum and urged them to shun calls to boycott the exercise.

Last  week, Siaya KNUT branch, led by the Executive Secretary, Alex  Dunga called on teachers to boycott the training, saying that the ministry of education had failed to consult stakeholders while coming up with the new curriculum.

However, a spot check in various training centres such as Boro, Mahola, Kowet and Siaya township primary schools revealed  that the exercise was going on as scheduled without any interruption.

Contacted, Siaya KNUT boss, Alex  Dunga said that his members were coerced into reporting for training following threats by the TSC that disciplinary measures would be taken against those who failed to attend.

He  said  that  the implementation of the curriculum was bound to fail unless the government yields to demands by the stakeholders, especially the teachers union, that it includes all the stakeholders.

“Training is one thing. Implementation is another. They cannot force our members to implement what they are opposed to,” he said.

By  Philip Onyango

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