In Summary
  • Mr Sossion said the rolling out of the new curriculum is an historic moment for the education sector and no step should be missed.

  • Among the recommendations presented to the steering committee was that the national pilot for PP1, PP2 and Grade 1 and 2 be carried out in all schools.

  • Earlier, Knut had written to the ministry of Education asking for an extension of the piloting period.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has dropped its opposition to the rolling out of a new education curriculum and urged teachers to embrace it.

Secretary-general Wilson Sossion said the activities that have been lined up to ensure the smooth rolling out of the new programme have excited teachers.

“We want to urge to our teachers to interact with the new curriculum design to ensure that it is gradually implemented,” he said yesterday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Nairobi.

Mr Sossion said the rolling out of the new curriculum is an historic moment for the education sector and no step should be missed.

He said after long discussions with the national steering committee on curriculum reforms, the union is happy with the plans and asked the government to ensure adequate funds for teacher training.

NEW CURRICULUM

 “We urge our teachers to embrace the new curriculum and our parents to also drop the anxiety they have been having over the implementation of the new curriculum,” said Mr Sossion.

The national steering committee, chaired by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, had met yesterday morning to decide on the implementation of the new curriculum. KICD presented a detailed report on the  phase one pilot programme that was rolled out last year.

Among the recommendations presented to the steering committee was that the national pilot for PP1, PP2 and Grade 1 and 2 be carried out in all schools.

This will allow indepth evaluation of the curriculum to address gaps and strengthen strategies for the national rollout in 2019.

They also proposed that pilot schools continue with implementation of the new curriculum in Grade 3 for evaluation of competencies.

ASSESSMENT

KICD has asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to spearhead continuous teacher capacity development to support effective implementation of Grade 4.

They have also proposed that the examination council finalises development of the Assessment framework for Grade 5 and also complete the Sessional Paper.

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