The Kenya National Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) want the state to halt the roll out of the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) over claims that stakeholders are ill prepared for its implementation.
Kisumu County Kuppet Executive Secretary Zablon Awange said there was need for the government to establish adequate capacity including enough providing teachers and learning materials to facilitate proper roll out of the new curriculum.
“The ministry of education only trained a few teachers in the pilot phase of the programme, what happens in their absence?” poised Awange adding that the government needs to hire and train additional teachers before implementing the new curriculum.
Addressing the Press in Kisumu, Awange further blamed the government over what he termed as failing to constructively engage parents and pupils in the move to the new education system.
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed early this week issued directives ordering the start of the CBC from Pre-Primary 1 to Grade three in all schools in the country effective from the opening of schools this term.
The directive has however stirred disquiet among key players in the education sector including the teachers’ representatives and parents.
Parents who talked to KNA in Kisumu said they were at a loss on what kind of books to purchase after failing to get proper directives from the respective schools.
“I hear that the government has ordered books to be printed in line with the new curriculum, so what happens to the ones we already,” pondered Onyango Kolwal, whose child is set to join Grade two.
Majority of the parents however said they have no problem with the reformed education model, but wants the government to institute concrete measures to safeguard the transition from the 8-4-4 system.
By Milton Onyango