The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has commended teachers in the country for embracing the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
According to the Kakamega County TSC Director, Mr John Nzuvu Nzioka, there is a marked improvement in perception by teachers and stakeholders, as compared to its inception.
“CBC will be able to identify what the child is good at and help the child to realize their dream and passion,” he added.
CBC, under the 2-6-3-3 of education was unveiled in 2017 to replace the 8-4-4 system of education but some critics have demanded that teachers need to be retrained and new infrastructure set up in schools to cater for the increasing number of students.
Mr Nzioka commended teachers in Kakamega for their diligence and posting good results in National Examinations.
During the celebrations to mark Teachers Day, yesterday, Head Teacher, St Peters Mumias Boys Boarding Primary School, Sister Ann M. Onyacha and Butere Girls Principal Jenipher D. Atieno were feted for their exemplary performance.
“As a commission, we are committed to ensure that the teachers’ welfare are well taken care of by improvement of their pay, providing medical cover which has been enhanced recently and teachers are able to get medical services” he added
“We appreciate the partnership we have had with other stakeholders in making it possible for the teachers to succeed in their work. The partners include the County Government, all State Agencies and we are looking forward to partnerships with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)” he said.
The Director said the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), has also been very supportive, adding that this goodwill has gone a long way in ensuring government educational programmes succeed.
Ruth Minishi, Chair of Private Schools Association, Western Region, congratulated the teachers, who were awarded but urged TSC to consider teachers in private schools for such awards as well.
“There are more than 5,000 private schools in the country that have employed a good number of teachers and they complement what the government is doing by partnering in offering education. We hope the government will also recognize them,” she added.
By Cynthia Kerubo