Hardline stance taken by both the education cabinet secretary, George Magoha and the Kenya National Union of Teachers boss, Wilson Sosion may jeopardise the implementation of the new curriculum, Homa Bay senator, Moses Kajwang has said.
Kajwang said there was need for the two to drop their hardline positions over the issue and sit down and resolve the stalemate for the benefit of the Kenyan child.
Speaking at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church in Ukwala, Ugenya sub county yesterday, Kajwang said the arrogance displayed by both Magoha and Sosion had no place in the current society and urged them to come up with an agreeable formula that will ensure the children get the best education.
“Magoha must stop his arrogance and Sosion must also know that parents want a system that is competitive, a curriculum that they are aware of,” he said adding that Kenyans risked being locked out of global opportunities if they continue sticking with an education system that has been faulted.
Kajwang said that the Kenyan children undergoing the 8-4-4 system of education cannot compete effectively with those from other parts of the world where technology in learning is the in thing.
“We were at par with some Asian tigers in the 1960s that have overtaken us by far after they embraced modern technology,” he said.
KNUT has been locked in a bitter exchange with the ministry of education over the implementation of the new competency based curriculum that the trade union claims was rushed without input from relevant stakeholders.
By Philip Onyango