Shocking new curriculum backtrack amid investments
SEE ALSO :Four years to end of KCPEThis would ensure that the young ones appreciate the diversity, which the studies will provide as they mature. In addition, learners would have certainty in the direction they will be headed under the divisions of arts, humanities and the sciences in the education sector. This follows the guarantee of no child being left behind in the nurturing of their talents by the KICD. Nonetheless, the Kenya National Union of Teachers has raised concerns about the true preparedness of the competency-based curriculum before determining their support or opposition of the programme. Inadequate teacher training, the shortfall of appropriate learning resources and a lack of proper public awareness are among the key concerns of the union.
SEE ALSO :2018 KCPE results to be released todayOn that account, a teacher capacity building training had been put in place by the government to ensure that as teachers continue to function in their occupations, they are continuously able to align themselves with the curriculum’s new required ways of teaching. According to Dr Kipsang, teachers would be offered the new curriculum designs to enable their smooth transition from the current objective based curriculum to the anticipated competency based curriculum. Nabutuni said the mindset of teachers would have to change in their approach towards teaching under the competency based curriculum since learners will be the central focus of the new educational programme. This reverses the current 8-4-4 system where the teacher laid down the law for the pupils to follow. In the same vein, the government said it had expanded the capacity of the Kenya Institute for Special Education to training teachers on how to handle and teach learners with special needs. Dr Kipsang confirmed the establishment of a referral centre within the institute that will assist in identifying and attending to the special needs of the learners. Given that technology is fundamental for change as it alters the nature of education and influences employment, laptops would be integrated in the new curriculum to make the learners appreciate the education more. The addition of the ‘learning to learn’ competency to the curriculum was expected to prepare the learners enrolled in the curriculum to adapt to future changes in the work environment and in society. Adaptability to the future In the opinion of Dr Aseey, finances play a fundamental role in the anticipated effectiveness of the proposed competency-based curriculum. Therefore, creating awareness of financial planning to parents will make parents aware of the prospective careers of their children and plan accordingly. Dr Kipsang had said Sh468 billion shillings would be injected in the education sector to sustain the curriculum and learning at large in the year 2019. The figure takes up 5.3 per cent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product and 25 per cent of the country’s national budget.