- Kuppet Deputy Secretary-General Moses Nturima said teachers should not be stopped from attending the training since learning is a lifelong process.
- The training, which began on Tuesday and ends on Friday, involves more than 91,000 teachers countrywide and is being conducted in 1,191 zones.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) and National Assembly’s Education committee on Wednesday differed with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), which called for a boycott on ongoing training of teachers for the new curriculum.
This came as Knut officials in Kibwezi and Kakamega were charged with disrupting the training. In Nairobi, Education committee Chairman Julius Melly (Tinderet MP) said Knut should allow the training to go on as matters raised are addressed, noting that the issue of a legal framework is being worked on.
“During our discussions with Ministry of Education officials and other stakeholders, it emerged that teachers were not well-trained and now they are being trained. We need to support this move,” said Mr Melly.
Kuppet Deputy Secretary-General Moses Nturima said teachers should not be stopped from attending the training since learning is a lifelong process.
“We need a curriculum that will give our children competence-based knowledge so that the problem of joblessness is dealt with once and for all. In countries like China and Finland, where competence-based curricula were embraced long ago, children’s abilities are identified early, and development is tangible,” said Mr Nturima.
Meanwhile, Speaking in Matuga, Kwale County, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the training is crucial for teachers in preparation for the rollout of the new curriculum.
He added that four days are enough to train the teachers. In Mombasa, hundreds of teachers turned up for the training, saying it is beneficial to the education sector.
The teachers, led by Coast Kenya Primary School Headeachers Association Chairman Fuad Ali, said the training is crucial for the implementation of the new curriculum.