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Teachers not yet ready to handle CBC, says Kuppet official

Kuppet official says despite tutors being trained on how to handle curriculum, many are still confused about the transition of learners

In Summary
  • Barasa said CBC is a good idea but teachers should be equipped with skills so that the curriculum can benefit learners.
  • He appealed to TSC, Kepsha and Kessha leadership to organise training for the teachers.
Bungoma county Kuppet chairman David Barasa during an interview with the Star in Bungoma town on May13, 2022.
Bungoma county Kuppet chairman David Barasa during an interview with the Star in Bungoma town on May13, 2022.
Image: TONY WAFULA

Bungoma county Kuppet chairman David Barasa has said teachers are not prepared to implement Competency-Based Curriculum as required by the Education ministry.

Speaking to the Star in Bungoma town on Saturday, Barasa said despite teachers being trained on how to handle CBC, many are still confused about the transition of learners from primary school to junior secondary.

In Bungoma county, Barasa said there have been 16 centres where teachers have been trained about the CBC implementations, adding that from the observations made it's going to be challenging for the teachers to manage in the implementations.

Barasa added that as the Kuppet, TSC, Kepsha  and Kessha have moved around the whole county to assess the preparedness of teachers to handle the CBC, and it had been noted that they aren't prepared in any way to do so.

He said CBC is a good idea but teachers should be equipped with skills so that the curriculum can benefit learners.

"This CBC that is being discussed every day by officials in the education sector won't work if there are gaps and no training of teachers to tackle it. It will be good if Education CS George Magoha can listen to the advice on how to go about it," Barasa said.

He said teachers in high schools while at their college and university levels were never taught how to handle young learners arguing they should be trained on how to handle them to manage the 100 per cent transition.

Barasa appealed to TSC, Kepsha and Kessha leadership to organise training for the teachers so they can be able to handle young learners who will be joining junior secondary schools.

However, he said Bungoma is in dire need of close to 1,000 teachers, disagreeing with the TSC plan to employ only 5,000 teachers country wide arguing they aren't sufficient to handle the population in the country.

"TSC should employ many teachers so that they can help in handling the CBC curriculum, the Kuppet office Bungoma branch sat down and did analysis and identified that Bungoma needs 773 teachers yet TSC is planning to employ only 5,000 county wide," he said.

Barasa decried the high number of promissory notes being sent to schools from politicians stating they will pay fees yet schools have no money to run school programmes.

"I have been in several schools and school heads are really suffering to run schools because parents and politicians aren’t paying fees," he said.

 

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