Nairobi May 23rd 2019 by Mutiso Mbithi,MyGov.
Government Spokesman Dismisses Critics of New Curiculum.
Government Spokesman Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna has dismissed claims by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) that the roll out of the Competency Based Currriculum (CBC)was not subjected to public participation as required by the constitution.
Col. Oguna said contrary to claims by the teachers’ union, the rolling out of the CBC was participatory and the reform process leading to its roll-out involved a variety of key stakeholders.
Col. Oguna, who was speaking at the Government Media Centre at Teleposta Towers, told critics of the new curriculum that the process of rolling out the new education system was guided by the National Steering Committee (NSC) for Curriculum Reforms which comprised stakeholders including relevant government agencies and from the private sector.
The Government Spokesman cited some of the stakeholders who are fully fledged members of the NSC Curiculum Reforms as the Inter Faith Religious Council of Kenya, the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA), the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) and the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).
Other stakeholders involved in the Curriculum Reforms process whose cardinal objective, he said requires teaching methods that focus on nurturing of learners’ minds so that they can be involved in their own learning process as opposed to being passive learners were the Kenya Conference of Churches, the Supreme Council of Muslims, the Hindu Council of Kenya, Kenya Private Sector Alliance , Kenya Private Schools Association, Kenya Publishers Association and the African Independent Pentencostal Church of Africa.
Col. Oguna added that contrary to claims by the KNUT that the CBC roll out was not subjected to public participation, the union and its counterpart, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have always been members of the Steering Committee.
This Committee, the Government Spokesman said, held several meetings in different parts of Kenya, including participating in the National Conference on Curriculum Reforms held on the 30th of January 2017.
The spokesman added that the government has trained over 187,901 teachers in partnership with Kenya Private Schools Association and the Catholic Secretariat to provide customized training for teachers across the country.
In order to upscale facilities in schools to facilitate a smooth implementation of the CBC, Col. Oguna added, the government in the Last Financial year allocated Sh200 million towards infrastructure support in public primary schools and has set aside another Sh250 million in the next Financial Year.
He added that while the government acknowledges that there are challenges facing the implementation of the new curriculum, it will continue to provide infrastructural support besides leveraging on the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) and county governments to ease the pressure as learning continues.
Col. (Rtd) Oguna further announced that the Huduma Namba Mass Registration has netted 36 million Kenyans and that data cleaning will commence immediately after the mass registration for a period of four months and any irregularities identified will require those affected to register afresh.
Those whose details were in order, Col. Oguna added will receive their Huduma numbers through their mobile phones.
Col. Oguna also defended the government ban on the importation into the country of used motor vehicle spare parts which are older than 5 years as a noble objective informed by the need to ensure user safety and environmental integrity.
He said the ban which take effect on July 1st, this year targets spare parts which have contributed to several road accidents in the country.
He cited those spare parts as ball joints, tie rod ends and brake parts, tyres and tubes in order to protect the general public whose safety must be underwritten by the government.