Let’s reason together for education sector’s sake
SEE ALSO :Teachers in West Pokot oppose house levyIt is, therefore, understandable that Kenya has contemplated a change of system from the current one that has been in place since 1995, to a new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). It is hoped that the country will achieve its goal of Middle Income Status through the agency of the CBC system. But a row between Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion threatens to hinder the roll-out of the CBC. Mr Sossion has, not without good reason, called for discussions on the teething problems associated with the new system. Unpopular policies He has asked that the roll-out be suspended until issues raised are resolved. However, CS Magoha has vowed to press on full steam, as unstoppable as time and tide. Kenyans are dismayed by the CS’s intransigence although those who encountered Professor Magoha in the past allege that this attitude is consistent with what has always been his creed; entitlement, obstinacy and an inflated sense of self-worth.
SEE ALSO :Knut warned against disrupting trainingYet the CS’s outlook should not come as a surprise. The Jubilee administration, of which he is part, has repeatedly rammed unpopular policies down the collective throats of Kenyans. Taking advantage of citizens’ passivity, they have gotten away with sophist explanations even where it is apparent that some ideas are dead on arrival. For instance, the Standard Gauge Railway, touted as a Jubilee flagship project, has lived up to the worst fears of pundits by failing to make profit. Conveniently forgotten are the calls for reason that would have informed the procurement of a cheaper and economically viable solution. Forgotten too are the promised sports stadia, laptops for school-going kids and the creation of half a million jobs annually. More recently, the Government introduced the Huduma number. A sort of social security number that should enable ease of procurement of government services, its roll-out has been accompanied by veiled threats and coercions. Up to now, no one seems able to coherently articulate its benefits; not the citizens, or those charged with enrollment; perhaps not even government functionaries themselves. Instead, most are deluged by a sea of confusion as deadlines for signing up are set and extended. Teaching methods Because teachers are the technicians who know best how the engine of education works, they should be listened to. What Mr Sossion proposes for discussion is not outside the realms of reason, for as much as Kenya needs a system overhaul, it must be alive to present realities.
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