The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)-West Pokot Branch has warned the government against rushing to implement the new curriculum, saying teachers in the County aren’t ready for the new curriculum because it has a lot of hiccups.
County KNUT Secretary Martin Sembelo urged the Ministry of Education to consult widely, train teachers and provide materials for teachers to understand the new curriculum better.
Speaking to the press in Kapenguria, Sembelo said that he supports the new curriculum review process but it should be done slowly. “It will take time for teachers to familiarize with the setting,” said Sembelo.
He cited that all education stakeholders should be incorporated before the implementation of the new system begins. “We need the views from all stakeholders,” he said, “We need proper and extensive public participation.”
Sembelo said the new system requires a good foundation and enough resources, adding that it should be implemented in a systematic and effective manner, “We need a good foundation and to know the resources are required.” He said teachers will embrace the new curriculum if it’s implemented well because it will also help to nurture the talents of the youths.
The KNUT Secretary, however, condemned the increased strikes in schools within the County saying about five schools have been involved in unnecessary strikes. “We are seeing signal which doesn’t bode well in terms of academics,” he said. He added that all stakeholders should meet to find the way forward.