The county government has begun implementing the new curriculum for early childhood development education.
In the new curriculum, the Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) has been renamed Early Years Education (EYE).
On Thursday, the county rolled out the curriculum at the education department offices in Homa Bay town by distributing new curriculum design books to schools.
The County Chief Officer for Education Eunice Owino, MCAs Nicholas Owaka (Kanyamwa Kosewe), David Oloo (Kanyamwa Kologi) and Paul Adika (Lambwe) presided over the distribution of 1,868 copies of the curriculum design books.
The books were distributed to 877 public EYE centres with each getting two copies - one for Pre-primary One and the other for Pre-primary Two.
The remaining copies were given to senior EYE education officials, including quality assurance officers and directors.
Speaking during the exercise, Ms Owino said the design books would guide teachers in preparing schemes of work and lesson plans as well as offer additional essential information on implementing the new curriculum.
“Distribution of these books brings a sigh of relief to our teachers and pupils in the EYE centres. We are committed to ensuring that our children get quality education,” Owino said.
The education officer said they had trained 3,000 teachers in the EYE centers on implementation of the curriculum.
She noted that the lack of the books had been the only obstacle to implementation of the curriculum in the county since first term began a fortnight ago.
“The teachers include 1,039 employed by the county and the remaining ones employed our partners. All of them were trained last year to ensure compliance with the new curriculum,” she said.
Mr Owaka called on other county departments to support the education department in supporting the EYE.
“A county that lags behind in the EYE risks lacking productive people in future. Let other departments such as agriculture, water and lands support the EYE,” said Owaka.
Mr Oloo called on MCAs to educate the community on taking care of learning materials distributed in schools to avoid theft.
“We don’t expect anybody in our villages to steal learning materials in schools. We are going to sensitise the community to support education,” said Oloo.
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