Teachers in Meru County have come out in support of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) implementation currently taking shape in all schools.
Speaking in Meru Central sub-county, Kenya National Union of Teachers Branch Executive Secretary, Caxton Miungi said teachers in the region should not be included among those purporting to be at war with the Teachers Service Commission.
Miungi said the union had a noble obligation of keeping checks and balances on the welfare of teachers and learners towards realizing quality and high education standards.
He said teachers in the region had to disassociate from the embattled national secretary general, Wilson Sosion after realizing that he was determined to create unmanageable rifts between the TSC and teachers for personal interests and gains.
Miungi said the main concern of the union should be working closely with the government through the TSC on how to deal with the current teacher deficit in most primary and secondary schools.
The union official said there was need to employ more teachers along with fast tracking infrastructure to provide an environment with capacity to cope with the influx of learners pursuing the free education programme.
Miungi urged the national and county government to consider supplying relief food to day schools in the county, to cushion them from food deficit being experienced at household level.
He further appealed to the national government to consider extending supply of learning materials among other forms of assistance to private learning institutions, saying most of them were low cost boarding schools with almost the same social class of parents with public schools.
The official noted that most parts of the county were experiencing food deficits due to the prevailing dry spell, saying the region had been receiving below average rainfall in the last few years.
“Cash crops such as Miraa and bananas have not been bringing in enough income for family provisions and payment of school fees due to lack of adequate rainfall, hence little water flowing in rivers among other sources to be used in horticultural farming activities,” Miungi said.
By Makaa Margaret