How our education system encourages corruption
SEE ALSO :Esther Passaris to sue Nairobi GovernorWealth is depicted as good and worth being sought at whichever expense.Poverty on the other hand is seen as stemming from laziness and should thus be given a wide berth.Learners in such a scenario pray to finish school early to go and hustle to become millionaires. What is our philosophical underpinning on corruption in our education system? If there is, is it anchored in our national goals of education? Our education system is silent on the philosophical link to issues corruption. A good system of education should help the society address the challenges facing it. Moreover, a curriculum is both a political and an educational process. This forces the school to work closely with the political class to chip in anti-graft efforts. Learners are known to ape their teachers. Unfortunately, today’s teacher is not who they should be. Like the rest of society, avarice guides them in all they do.Their behaviour is to counter what the teaching profession demands of them. Learners have borrowed heavily from their teachers who as members of the wider society find themselves in the mad rush to make money. Quite lackluster
SEE ALSO :Waititu grilled again over graft claimsMorality can’t be taught. Nonetheless a good curriculum with moral education can go down well with producing individuals who value integrity. We need to spare part of our curriculum to tackle issues of graft. This can only be possible where value education is given prominence. As the curriculum stand today, the place of value education is quite lackluster. Teachers only think of completing the syllabus. This makes them to mainly concentrate in the cognitive and psychomotor domains at the expense of the affective domain, which deals with values. As a society, we should use education as a potent tool in the fight against graft. The young minds should be taught that the canker of corruption is our nation’s worse enemy. We can also use co-curriculum and extra curriculum activities to fight corruption. Let the way we plan,teach and assess give premium to the war against graft. The teaching and learning materials should also have anti corruption theme embedded on them. Strategic places
SEE ALSO :Governor: Please unfreeze my accountsCorruption in Kenya towers at both macro, meso and micro levels. Its with this in mind that anti-corruption clubs should be formed. These clubs should have teachers of high integrity to augment the efforts made in the classroom. Schools can also spearhead attempts at declaring anti-corruption days in the school, create and display anti corruption messages in strategic places within the school, reward learners who prevent corruption among their colleagues and organise competitions whose theme should be anti-corruption. Ultimately the governments at both national and county levels should take the lion’s share in the war against graft. The truth is that even if teachers do their part, other sectors should equally put in place mischief-free and airtight efforts at eradication of graft. Let the society fear engaging in graft due to the high costs involved if one is caught with his or her fingers in the cookie jar. I trust that the education system can play its role in nurturing the young minds into being, like Ceasar’s wife people whose integrity should be beyond reproach. Dr. Ndaloh is a curriculum and instruction expert at Moi university. [email protected]
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