- Education CAS Dr Sarah Ruto has told parents their involvement was an important element that was missing.
- St Paul’s university VC Joseph Kombo said that children these days need to be natured well
The government has urged parents to help their children handle homework under the Competency-Based Curriculum.
Education CAS Sarah Ruto on Friday said parents' involvement is an important element that was missing in the education sector. She said the CBC is based on value addition, community participation and parental engagement values.
“Under parental engagement, children learn values such as respect, concern, hard work, humility and patience which teachers cannot teach while at school,” she said.
Dr Ruto asked parents to put more effort and find fun in tackling homework together with their children.
"We have heard parents complain. Please, do not complain. Your children are enjoying and eager to learn. Support them to do what is expected of them. This curriculum is aimed at benefitting them and the community."
She spoke at St Paul's University in the Kabuku area of Limuru, where she represented Education CS George Magoha who was the chief guest during the opening of the Joshua and Timothy School of Theology.
She was accompanied by vice chancellor Joseph Kombo, Matthew 28 Ministries president Jewel Hyun and ACK Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit, who is also the chairman of the university governing council.
Sapit reiterated that the church supports the CBC. He appealed to parents to support the new curriculum, saying it is aimed at benefitting the community by adding value to education.
Sapit meanwhile thanked Matthew 28 Ministries for the support they gave to the university when they sponsored the construction of the Joshua and Timothy School of Theology.
He said many people felt as if theology which was offered at the institution had been overshadowed by many courses.
“This gives a new dawn to the theological course being offered here as it appeared as if it had been overshadowed by the many courses offered here.”
Sapit also urged churches to go for well-trained pastors and invest more in their children's departments.
Prof Kombo said children should be nurtured well as future development depends on the kind of education they are getting.
“Let us join hands and support the education being offered so that we can also motivate learners to keep seeking education up to the higher learning institutions,” the VC said.
Dr Hyun, aged 81, urged universities to expand their human resources. She also urged St Paul's University to create a trust fund to support their research departments and expand research initiatives.