23 April 2019

Kenya: Bolts and Nuts Tightened, No Turning Back on New Curriculum - Magoha

Nairobi — The government has vowed to proceed with the Competency Based Curriculum training for 90,000 teachers across the country despite resistance by the Kenya National Union of Teachers.

Already, KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has asked teachers to stay away from the training while dismissing it as "a waste of taxpayers' money."

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Tuesday however vowed the change of curriculum is inevitable, saying it is the only guarantee of a bright future for millions of Kenyan children who will be trained on developing skills and how to apply them on a real-life situation.

This, he said, will among others address the high rate of unemployment among the majority of youths in the country whom he said have all along been trained "to go look for jobs."

Speaking when he launched the four-day training for teachers in Nairobi, CS Magoha said the exercise will be held into two phases, the second one being in August when they are expected to start training Grade 4 pupils using the new curriculum training materials.

"The teachers must lead by example when we engage the pupil on one to one basis with this curriculum, then we are transforming the country. There is no going back," the CS asserted.

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

The Cabinet Secretary urged stakeholders to deviate from what he termed as time wasting and instead focus on ensuring the Competency Based Curriculum is fully rolled out at all grades.

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.

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