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Educationists in Trans Nzoia castigate KNUT for opposing the implementation of CBC

Educationists in Trans Nzoia have castigated the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) for opposing the implementation of the new curriculum.

Led by director of Legacy schools Ms Mary Mutai, who is also a former education official, they asked KNUT to support the CBC and Education CS Prof George Magoha’s efforts on the same.

According to Mutai, the new curriculum being spearheaded by the ministry of education is more practical and should be embraced by all stakeholders including KNUT

Speaking in Kitale, Mutai asked KNUT to engage with the ministry of Education and gives proposals that would help improve on the CBC instead of derailing the process by opposing it.

“The new curriculum nurture the learners’ creative skills and it is more involving to both teachers and parents,” she told KNA.

She however called on the ministry to allow adequate time to capacity build the teachers.

“It is a good curriculum and should be given time to develop. I am sure from these trainings people will understand the programme better,” she added.

On her part, Central primary head teacher Lucy Gatua called on the government to provide learning materials to schools.  “If the ministry of education want this new curriculum to succeed, it’s important that learning materials are provided and schools equipped properly. This is the best curriculum,” she said.

The ministry is at loggerhead with KNUT over the implementation of the new curriculum with many leaders asking them to embrace dialogue.

The union is opposed to the new curriculum out of fear that it will water down the role of teachers.

Prof. Magoha has stated that the roll out of the CBC was unstoppable maintaining that the ministry had held enough consultative meetings with stakeholders on the initiative.

By Pauline Ikanda

 

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