In Summary
  • Schools are at a loss about the changeover because of the hurried preparations and lack of adequate teaching and learning resources.
  • Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion says teachers have not been trained and schools do not have the required resources.

Confusion has hit the Education ministry over the implementation of the new curriculum with the publication of a policy paper yesterday to guide the shift from the 8-4-4 to 2-6-3-3 system.

Schools are at a loss about the changeover because of the hurried preparations and lack of adequate teaching and learning resources.

Textbooks and other learning and teaching materials are not ready and neither has the government set up a budget for the new curriculum.

Still, the Kenya National Union of Teachers has threatened to call a strike next week to protest the ongoing mass transfers, saying they are disruptive and punitive.

So far, the giant union has rejected the implementation of the new curriculum, terming the process hurried and poorly planned.

Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion says teachers have not been trained and schools do not have the required resources.

PROPERLY TRAINED

County governments, which are responsible for pre-school education, have rejected the new plan on the grounds they do not have the funds for the roll-out and the teachers have not been properly trained.

The chairman of the Council of Governors, Mr Josephat Nanok, has been categorical that devolved governments will not implement the education plan because they do not have funds.

Counties are perennially starved of cash and subjecting them to a new round of spending without any allocation is not tenable, the Turkana Governor says.

The Sessional Paper, dated December 2018, seeks to provide a framework for rolling out the new curriculum.

Titled, ‘Reforming Education and Training for Sustainable Development’, the document is to be debated and approved by Parliament to pave the way for formulation of a policy to implement the curriculum.

However, Parliament is on recess until February and schools are opening for the first term in five days.

SESSIONAL PAPER

If the ministry goes ahead to implement the curriculum next week, it will be doing so without legislative approval, prompting questions of legitimacy.

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