Stop Being Dishonest, Havi Tells KNUT, KUPPET
Former Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has attacked KNUT and KUPPET officials over shift on stand on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Havi, who described the leaders as dishonest, said that they are turning away from their previous stand where they supported the curriculum.
Havi referred to a case by a parent Esther Ang’awa in which he acted as her Lawyer, where unions filed affidavits backing the CBC.
“Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) officials are a dishonest lot. They filed Affidavits in Court supporting CBC,” said Havi through a tweet.
“Today they are shouting loud that CBC is not viable and should be scrapped. Can they concede in Court?”
In the 2021 case, Havi argued that CBC led to the disruption of the basic structure of the country’s education system, violating the Basic Education Act and the Constitution.
KUPPET secretary general Akelo Misori however argued that the curriculum aligned itself with the tenets of the Constitution, Article 53 and Article 43(1)
He added that the system was flexible and well-coordinated, saying it would provide limitless opportunities for the children.
Misori further argued that the system could not be scraped off since the government was preparing itself to construct over 10,000 classrooms for the programme.
Havi’s remarks come even as there have been divisions among the education stakeholders and parents on the way forward regarding the CBC.
On Friday, Misori backed up President William Ruto’s decision to review the curriculum.
“To succeed, every education system must get the goodwill of all stakeholders including the government, teachers, learners and all sectors of society.”
With the learners expected to join junior secondary in January 2023, KNUT secretary general Collins Oyuu said they should be retained at the primary school, saying they are still young.
He added that the government should stop wasting resources building new classes, as the learners can use the already available classes in their primary schools.
On Tuesday, Ruto announced his plans to review the curriculum.
He said he will launch an Education Reform Task to assist with the reviewing.
“It will collect views from all key players in line with the constitutional demand of public participation.”
Ruto pointed out that he was aware of the fears of parents whose children are transitioning from the 8-4-4 system to the CBC system.
“I am aware of the anxieties on the twin transitions of the last 8-4-4 class and the first CBC class in January next year. I assure you there will be a solution to the matter before then.”