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Teacher unions and MPs Raise Fresh Concerns On Competency Based Curriculum

Members of Parliament and teachers’ unions have raised new concerns about the competency-based curriculum’s (CBC) implementation, secondary schools beginning next year, citing insufficient capacity among teaching staff.

The stakeholders chastised the government for focusing more on building classrooms to accommodate the growing number of students while failing to adequately train and employ more teachers.

Kuppet secretary general, Akello Misori, and his counterpart from the Kenya National Union of Teachers(Knut),Collins Oyuu,both lamented the lack of resources in most schools.

Kipkelion West MP Hillary Koskei, Joseph Limo-Kipkelion East,Wilson Sossion (nominated),and former legislators Langat Magerer and Jackson Rop criticized the Teachers Service Commission’s training quality.

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KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu noted that the integrity of the education system is solely dependent on teachers’ readiness to implement it. Oyuu noted that the integrity of the education system is solely dependent on teachers’ readiness to implement it.

He added that Kenya is facing a severe teacher shortage, which requires Parliament’s intervention to allocate funds to TSC to employ more than 30,000 trained tutors.

According to the officials, not only was there confusion about the anchoring of junior secondary, but the government had also failed to provide secondary school teachers with the necessary training.

Misori added noted that It’s unfortunate that the ministry has focused on expanding infrastructure while ignoring teacher training.

When schools close next month, TSC intends to train the first batch of 60,000 teachers. TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia stated that 229,292 primary school teachers from both public and private schools for Grades One to Five,as well as 1,166 tutors from various colleges, have already been trained.

“The 8-4-4 system had challenges that were not addressed. We cannot jump into another programme that has glaring issues. We must ensure we get it right from the beginning so as to build the people’s confidence in the education system,” said Mr Korir.

According to the MPs, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha failed to engage stakeholders in the development and implementation of the new system.

He was accused of bulldozing through an education system doomed to fail due to a poor implementation matrix.

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