No Retreat! Here is why Knut want new curriculum halted

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has demanded the immediate suspension of the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), barely three months into it’s official launch.  The union now wants the country to revert to the old system, saying education should be driven by research studies and facts.

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Speaking at Knut headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday, secretary general Wilson Sossion alleged that the curriculum is a foreign policy and claimed that teachers in public schools are ill-prepared.

 “Kenya is not a failed State to implement a curriculum run by foreigners, we need to reflect on sovereignty of our country through education,” he said.

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However, Sossion said the union is not opposed to the new curriculum but rather “wants things done right as opposed to forcing on teachers a system they do not understand”, even as he questioned why the Ministry of Education is “quick to implement it without following due process”.

Sossion said the system has been tried and tested in countries like South Africa and Malaysia but failed and that Kenya is no exception, considering the heavy investment CBC would require to succeed.

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Knut prepared a report that showed that most schools have only one trained teacher in CBC with a population of 40 to 79 pupils per stream and more than one stream from Pre-Primary One through to Grade Three.

The report indicated that training was conducted for two to three days for only one week instead of the stipulated five days per week, hence giving teachers a raw deal.

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