The presidential working party on education reforms held a session with stakeholders in Trans Nzoia County to get their proposals on the education sector right from the early childhood education to university level.
The committee that was led by Professor David Some held the forum at the Kitale National Polytechnic with most of the speakers voicing divergent opinions on the competence-based curriculum (CBC).
“We feel that the government has to ensure that there is enough infrastructure to support the roll out of the CBC curriculum which is not the case currently,” said. Mr. Lusweti Furaha, the county’s executive secretary of the Kenya Union of post Primary Teachers KUPPET.
His Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) counterpart George Wanjala took issue with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) saying it has done little to ensure teachers are effectively trained on the new curriculum.
“The teachers are not well versed with the new syllabus since the implementation of the CBC curriculum was dome haphazardly without putting in mind the views of the teachers,” said Mr. Wanjala.
Parents called for establishment of resource centers in each primary school that will be equipped with learning materials required for the CBC curriculum, which has a high financial cost implication on them.
“We also want the ministry of education to ensure each school is equipped with information technology equipment and internet that will ensure learners can have easy access to information,” said Mr. Wellington Waliaula.
The committee also received input on the need to have a fully-fledged university in the county, which is in line with the legal requirement. Additionally each ward must have a vocational training institute, each Sub County a technical training institute, and technical university in each region.
The party, which has 54 members, has split itself in to ten groups that are traversing the country to get views from all stakeholders that will inform various reforms in the basic and higher education.