No Grade Three textbooks for new curriculum
SEE ALSO :Magoha warns against fee hikeMr Mwangi commended the ministry for postponing the roll-out of the system by a year, but noted that there was much that needed to be done to avoid a crisis for those in the pilot programme. He said the schools in the pilot programme would have nothing to offer to the Grade Four pupils since the books available at the schools for Standard Four were incompatible with the new curriculum. “It was a good move for Education Cabinet secretary to tell Kenyans the bitter truth that the country was not ready. The ministry’s silence over what shall be done for those transiting to Grade Four is a ticking time bomb,” said Mwangi. There is also a concern on the side of the teachers who are yet to be trained on what to teach learners in Grade Four in public and private schools. “Teachers in private schools had been trained for Grade One to Three while those in public schools were trained for Grade One to Two. No teachers have been trained for the Grade Four syllabus yet schools are soon reopening,” said James Njoroge, a school proprietor.
SEE ALSO :KNUT: Boycott new syllabusParents have called on the Government to provide the necessary support to the education sector, terming the new curriculum promising and more learner-friendly. “The new curriculum offers room for creativity, looked promising and was friendly to the learners. This is in contrast with the 8-4-4 system, which was content-based and rigid. The Government needs to take all the necessary measures to ensure it succeeds,” said Andrew Watuha, a parent at Nairobi Primary School. The mode of delivering the new books to the public schools has been faulted. Some of the schools were issued with books nearly two times the numbers they had ordered. “There are some schools which were forced to collect books nearly double the population of the school from the ministry’s containers at the sub-counties. They were left struggling with storage space,” said a school head who did not want to be quoted. Separately, Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe has cautioned those behind the push for the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system before it fully passes the test.
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