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December 14, 2018

Curriculum good for the teachers who understand it, head teacher says

Eronge Primary school head teacher Kepha Bwana speaking to journalists in his office on Sunday./ALVIN RATEMO
Eronge Primary school head teacher Kepha Bwana speaking to journalists in his office on Sunday./ALVIN RATEMO

 The new system of education is good but challenging to those who have not understood it fully, according to a head teacher.

Eronge primary school head teacher Kepha Bwana the government through the ministry of education will have to take time to elaborate the whole curriculum to be understood in depth with the stakeholders.

“It is a challenge to the ministry of education to make sure the new curriculum is clearly defined to avoid the confusion to many stakeholders in the sector. This will only be done through setting the pilot exercise to all the schools in the country,” he said.  

Read: New 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum: How different is it from the 8-4-4 system?

He spoke at the school on Sunday during a consultative meeting with the parents. 

According to Bwana, whose school is among the pilot centers the system requires measures put in place to make it clear to some who have not fully understood how the new system will work.

The planned rollout of the new curriculum had earlier been blamed for the confusion witnessed since the opening if schools in first term when most parents shunned bookshops in a wait and see attitude with the hope of getting clarity on what books they should purchase.

The argument has been that the curriculum neglected the sectors which accelerate economic growth such as agriculture, construction, and fishing.

An influx of white-collar job trainees over time created a skills imbalance in the job market, resulting in one of Kenya’s biggest obstacles to development – youth unemployment, which currently stands at 40 per cent.

Bwana urged the teachers all over the country to interact with the curriculum design to help them be more effective.

“I call upon everyone to support the process and not be anxious as by the end of the year, an evaluation report will have been developed to give more guidelines in the new system,” he said.

Read: It’s all systems go for new curriculum


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