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A teacher instructing Grade One pupils (file photo).
By Ouma Wanzala
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has stepped up its opposition to the completely new curriculum saying which would certainly not support its implementation.
In a paid advert in local dailies, Knut secretary-general Wilson Sossion says the ongoing rollout of competency based curriculum (CBC) in pre-school along with also lower primary is usually illegal in nature, along with also a violation of the Constitution.
“Worth noting, there is usually no statutory instruments to anchor the exercise, no Commission gazetted to manage the process, along with also the exercise is usually in total contravention of Public Participation Act (2018),” says Mr Sossion.
He adds which the content of CBC is usually heavily borrowed through Prof Douglas Odhiambo task force report which was otherwise rejected in 2012 by stakeholders.
“Worse still, which is usually laughable which the Ministry of Education while reforming the Education Curriculum, benchmarked with countries like Tanzania, South Africa, Malaysia, Zanzibar, Ghana, Uganda, Burundi, among others where CBC has failed. Kenya also benchmarked with South Sudan which borrowed the 8-4-4 Education system,” reads the paid advert.
However, Mr Sossion insists which Knut would certainly support all initiatives made by the government to reform the education sector, including reviewing the curriculum “as long as which is usually in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is usually to ensure inclusive along with also equitable quality education along with also promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
“Knut, therefore reaffirms which education is usually a public not bad, fundamental human right along with also a basis for guaranteeing the realisation of additional rights. which is usually essential for peace, tolerance, human fulfilment along with also sustainable development,” adds Mr Sossion.
The teachers’ union accuses the ministry of Education of failing to secure stakeholders involvement along with also participation.
“CBC requires parents, guardians, members of Boards of Management along with also the school community to be sensitised on every aspect of the completely new curriculum. Since the ministry along with also its agencies have failed to address themselves on which, Knut has no business supporting implementation of CBC.”
Knut says most public schools lack the necessary infrastructures, along with also enough trained teachers.
“Knut would certainly not support the implementation of CBC because the implementers of the curriculum (teachers) lack the technical know-how of CBC as the Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) lack the prerequisite skills along with also competencies to interpret CBC designs,” says Mr Sossion.
Mr Sossion says the requirements for the completely new curriculum are far above what the country can afford at the moment due to financial implications.
“which is usually because the implementation of CBC requires tiny class sizes as per UNESCO recommended standards for personalised learning, which means more classrooms, libraries, workshops, computer rooms along with also more schools have to be constructed. Most public schools lack infrastructures, at least three teachers per class are required which Kenya cannot afford presently because of acute shortage of teachers. Kenya faces perpetual shortage of teachers, hence CBC would certainly be a nightmare if introduced. There is usually no feasible plan to recruit more teachers,” states Mr Sossion.
He said the poor state of public schools “is usually only advantageous to private schools which are currently doing lucrative business at the expense of public education.”
Knut has issued several demands which include; the government creating a completely new national philosophy of Education for the 21st Century to address the big question: Education for What?
He also want the government to establish through a Gazette Notice a Commission comprising “curriculum experts, education policies developers along with also additional knowledgeable Kenyans with proper credentials in educational matters to evaluate the current curriculum along with also consider additional educational reforms inside country, along with also give possible recommendations.”
The Commission, he says, should be given clear mandate along with also terms of reference.
“The National Government should adopt fully innovative competency approaches already tried along with also tested in literacy along with also numeracy globally. Benchmarking should be done in specific countries with impeccable education history,” says Mr Sossion.
He also want the Education ministry to commission highly accomplished along with also experienced curriculum evaluators to produce high quality evaluation report to help the Cabinet Secretary for Education make informed decisions.
However, early which month the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha insisted which rollout of the completely new curriculum is usually on despite opposition through teachers union leaders.
Prof Magoha said there is usually no turning back along with also warned critics which they are only wasting their time.
“I will personally take a leading role in ensuring which which exercise succeeds along with also I will not rely on reports,” said Prof Magoha.