KNUT warns government over rushing to implement new curriculum reforms

KNUT warns government over rushing to implement new curriculum reforms

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Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion speaks with TSC chairperson Dr Lydia Nzomo and TSC CEO Nancy Macharia during KEPSHA. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion has warned the government over rushing to implement the new curriculum system.

Sossion said that they welcome the curriculum reforms but the government must follow the conventional circle and all the required procedures: from research on its assessment, policy formulation, design and development of syllabus, provision of learning materials, training teachers and piloting before it is implemented.

Addressing teachers on Wednesday at Sheikh Zayed during the 12th Annual KEPSHA Conference in Mombasa, Mr. Sossion said teachers must be well prepared or else they will reject it.

“We welcome curriculum reforms but don’t rush to implement it the way the did with 8-4-4 system,” said Sossion.

The KNUT boss also urged the government to recruit more teachers to curb the teacher shortage in the country.

He said Kenya should employ more teachers like other African countries for instance Nigeria which he says employs 500,000 and Tanzania 26,000 teachers annually.

“We run a risk in this country of having aging teachers, because most of us are forty years and above,” said Sossion.

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Sosion further raised an alarm over the rise of low cost Private Schools that are not legally registered.He urged the government to close down all unauthorized schools and support public education.