KNUT now wants new curriculum roll-out suspended


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students in class

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) wants the ministry of education and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to suspend the implementation of the new curriculum.

According to KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion, a two-month research on teacher preparedness has revealed that there exists a huge gap in implementing the competency-based curriculum.

“ Trainers, teachers and facilitators are still incompetent in the delivery of CBC approach to teachers and learners……as teachers we are not going to cheat the public that we are teaching….we are not…we don’t have the capacity…,” said Sossion.

According to him, the government’s push to implement the new curriculum as a disaster in waiting.

KNUT says the study involving 1,455 teachers and 304 head teachers from 405 schools distributed in 37 counties further indicates a major deficit of CBC teacher.

The study indicates that out of the 405 schools sampled, 304 schools representing a 75.4percent lacked at least one CBC trained teacher in one of the grades.

KNUT blames the Ministry of Education for an overload of the training contents done in a two day training session terming the new curriculum a foreign investment that seeks to drown the Kenyan learners in the long run.

“There’s a young boy from Cambridge, even without a PHD who has been brought to lead the implementation of the new curriculum yet this country has got professors,” Sossion added.

Some of the notable challenges identified by the union include; rushed implementation, lack of support in monitoring books, inadequate infrastructure due to extremely high enrolment and failure to involve the participation of private schools in the training.

During his vetting at the National Assembly last week, nominated Cabinet Secretary for Education Professor George Magoha said he had conviction the 2-6-6-3 curriculum will be a success.

For now, the teachers’ union insists the absence of a logical order of events in the journey of curriculum reform will amount to nothing but failure.

“I think the launch is going on well and the curriculum of grade 4 is almost ready…I shall make sure that by August Sept we are ready to roll tenet year…,” said Magoha during vetting.

“ We have heard Prof. Magoha promising that he will deliver, may we remind him that this is not medicine, you can’t force it,” said Sossion.

As Prof. George Magoha prepares to move into Jogoo House, KNUT now recommends that the country should do away with the implementation of the new curriculum moving back to the previous one.

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