24 April 2019

Kenya: IG Warns Against Disrupting Ongoing Teachers Training

Nairobi — Police have warned teachers' union leaders against disrupting the ongoing multi-million shillings Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) training, saying they will be arrested and taken to court.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has directed County and Sub-County commanders to ensure the four-day training of 91,000 teachers, which was launched on Tuesday by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha goes on uninterrupted.

In a statement, the IG of Police said they will not allow anyone to sabotage the exercise saying those aggrieved should follow the provided legal procedures to address their grievances.

"We shall not allow anyone to unlawfully sabotage legitimate activities of government and those culpable will be apprehended and dealt with according to the law," he cautioned.

On Tuesday, several Kenya National Union of Teachers officials were arrested for trying to obstruct and incite teachers against the exercise, one in Makueni County while four others were nabbed in Kakamega.

In Makueni, Gabriel Kisilu who is the union secretary in Kibwezi was arrested for disrupting the training in Wote Town.

Over the weekend, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion dismissed the training as a waste of taxpayer's money citing lack of preparedness by the Government.

"The NPS will continue with its mandate of maintaining law and order without fear or favour and welcomes the support of Kenyans towards creating a peaceful environment for all," the IG said.

The training is being held into two phases, the second one being in August when the government is set to start training Grade 4 pupils using the new curriculum training materials.

The Competency-Based Curriculum for early years education was rolled out in pre-primary 1 and 2, and grades 1,2 and 3 across the country early on January.

Once fully rolled out, the curriculum will change from the current 8-4-4 system to 2-6-3-3-3.

The Education Cabinet has vowed that there will be no turning back until the 8-4-4 curriculum is completely phased out.

"If we hear anyone saying they want to go back, I don't know what we should do to them," he said on Tuesday.

Teachers are being trained on how to handle CBC in order to facilitate effective implementation.

A team of 181 master trainers has since trained 1,165 regular and special needs education curriculum support officers and 1,320 CBC champions as the trainer of trainers.

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