Stick to 8-4-4 until further notice, Knut orders teachers
SEE ALSO :Teachers in West Pokot oppose house levy“8-4-4 was piloted for four years nonstop before it was rolled out in 1985. Are parents even prepared for the new curriculum, do they understand what CBC entails?” he posed. Sossion criticised the Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Commission(TSC) saying they are arm-twisting teachers to get trained for the CBC. He said even the teacher trainers themselves are not competent enough to understand the designs of the new curriculum. “Teachers were policed into the centres. You cannot roll out a curriculum through intimidation and policing. It will not work. The CS should know that he is pushing what is already dead.” Sosssion said. He said the Ministry and TSC have gone ahead and changed the title of the teachers under the CBS to the facilitator, which he described as an insult to the teaching profession.
SEE ALSO :Magoha: We will implement new curriculum“If it is to be changed, there should be a parliamentary review,” he said. In retaliation, Sosssion said they will be tabling a proposal to Building Bridges Initiative to reduce TSC to a department under the Ministry of Education as it has failed to fight for teachers and instead of intimidating them. TSC interdicted 160 teachers who opposed the CBC. During the launch of the policy, Education CS Prof Magoha had lashed out to those opposing the CBC saying they should rather offer ways to have it delivered instead of just criticizing. “If you have something better why don’t you tell us what it is, or shut up,” said Magoha.
SEE ALSO :Kibwezi KNUT officials chargedSossion said in the last meeting the Ministry had with stakeholders on the CBC was on December 2018, and it was agreed that the nationwide rollout of the new curriculum be pushed to 2020. The decision was informed by an expert analysis which indicated that the government needs up to Sh365 billion to scrap off 8-4-4, majorly to train teachers and improve infrastructure. “The government has not committed to providing these resources. All we have in our budget is Sh2 billion for computer labs,” said Sossion. The SG claimed that the CBC will advantage private schools which have the requisite infrastructure and in the end ‘kill public education’. “No amount of intimidation will deter us from pushing for orderly implementation,” he said. He added: “When the ministry tells us they benchmark with countries like South Africa and Malaysia (which failed to implement the same) they are simply telling us it is just a matter of time before it also fails here. We told them about the laptop project and it came to pass.” While the 8-4-4 system has been criticised for being too academic-oriented, the CBC otherwise known as 2-6-6-3 is more content based, which is expected to equip learners with more skills rather than just knowledge.
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