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No reverse on new curriculum, Magoha

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The rollout of the new competency-based curriculum is on despite opposition from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) leaders.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has assured Kenyans that there is no turning back on the new cirruculum.

“Personally, I will take the leading role to ensure that the exercise succeeds,” Said Prof Magoha at Uhuru Gardens Primary School.

Prof Magoha launched the training of teachers on the competency-based curriculum. About 91,320 teachers are being trained on the new syllabus across the country for the next four days.

“The new curriculum will ensure that the graduates become job creators rather than job seekers,” he added.

The exercise will cost taxpayers Sh50 million.

[ Read: Prof Magoha promises to deliver to every Kenyan child ]

So far, 170,000 teachers have been trained to handle the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) up to Grade 3.

The CBC has come under attack from KNUT leaders who have asked teachers to stay away from the ongoing training.

KNUT Secretary General who has been vocal against the roll out of the new syllabus cited ill-prepared teachers calling for the suspension of the programme.

[See also: TSC boss insists teachers ready for new curriculum rollout ]

The new curriculum 2-6-6-3 that is supposed to replace the 8-4-4 which was rolled out at the beginning of the year has faced backlash from the teachers who claimed that they are ill-prepared and poorly trained.

The new curriculum has been faced with a lot of retaliation that made the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, who was Education Cabinet Secretary to postpone its implementation to 2020.

However, she later changed to executing it this year after being pressured by stakeholders who said that there was no going back on the new curriculum.

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Brenda Gamonde
Brenda Gamonde
Brenda Gamonde is reporter with Business Today. Email: [email protected]
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