The Ministry of Education has been urged to take time and consider existing loopholes before implementing the new curriculum. Addressing mourners in Mwembula in Sitikho ward during the burial of a mother of Mucharage West FM Salaams Club member Priscilla Wakochwe, Sitikho primary school headteacher Joseph Oluka said the teachers aren’t ready to handle the new curriculum. “As you look at how new curriculum is, the government should up the game since there are no proper plans that have been made to prepare teachers, the books that have been distributed have mistakes. Also, teachers have not been trained to handle the new system, therefore, there are difficulties which the government should consider before doing anything,” said Oluka.
He also emphasized the issue of parents applying for birth certificates for their children immediately they are born as a way of making registration of national exams easier.“The government wants all children to be registered with NEMIS and this will be possible if only all these children have birth certificates, therefore I urge all parents to assist teachers to try as they can to ensure that their children have these vital documents that are fundamental in their lives,” he noted.
This comes after the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has deregistered 370,000 KCPE and KCSE 2019 candidates due to use of fake birth certificates in registering for exams. Priscilla Wakochwe appreciated members of salaams clubs who managed to attend her mother’s burial and thanked West Media for standing with her since the time she lost her mother.