Let’s reason together for education sector’s sake
SEE ALSO :5,000 teachers to get Sh1m eachYet 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.
SEE ALSO :Knut moves to calm members on salaryThe first of these is that CBC cannot work where infrastructural facilities are inadequate. Currently, there are scores of schools without electricity, a prerequisite for CBC since copious amounts of assignments are internet based. In other schools, learning still takes place under trees or at best, in incomplete classrooms that are routinely inundated by floodwaters in the rainy season. Second, as Mr Sossion avers, teachers are currently “inadequately trained on framework, content, teaching methods and interpretation” of CBC. Last, CBC places an inordinate focus on parents as agents of learning. It fails to account for children in boarding schools or those in homes where parents are too busy eking out a living to supervise CBC. In this current state, CBC would only be to the advantage of the privileged and would consign the indigent to a perpetual circle of poverty. It would serve the Government well to call for a meeting of stakeholders in the education sector. There needs to be a climb down from tough talk and hubris. The CS should recall from history, that the Titanic, dubbed the ship that even “God Himself couldn’t sink,” was destroyed by the captain’s failure to heed warnings from lowly seamen, of icebergs ahead. Reason must prevail or else the entire education system risks extirpation. Mr khafafa is Vice Chairman, Kenya-Turkey Business Council
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