George Magoha dismisses new curriculum critics

Tuesday April 23 2019

Teachers follow proceedings at Uhuru Gardens

Teachers follow proceedings at Uhuru Gardens Primary School in Nairobi on April 23, 2019 during the launching of training on new curriculum by the Education ministry. PHOTO | OUMA WANZALA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Tuesday assured Kenyans that the rollout of the new curriculum is on despite opposition from teachers union leaders.

Speaking at Uhuru Gardens Primary School in Nairobi during the launch of training of teachers on the competency-based curriculum, Prof Magoha said there is no turning back and warned critics that they are only wasting their time.

"I will personally take a leading role in ensuring that this exercise succeeds and I will not rely on reports," said Prof Magoha.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has been vocal against the replacement of the 8-4-4 curriculum, repeatedly warned that teachers are ill-trained.

Mr Sossion had also urged teachers to boycott training seminars organised by the Education ministry on the new curriculum, terming the tutoring illegal.

But Prof Magoha said there is no crisis because the sessional paper on curriculum reforms is before Parliament.

Unperturbed by the constant criticism, the CS assured Kenyans the Education ministry will be ready with the curriculum design and learning materials for Grade 4 by September this year in readiness for roll-out next year.

He defended the new curriculum saying it will ensure that graduates will end up become job creators rather than just job seekers.

Teachers Service Commission chief executive Nancy Macharia said 91,320 teachers are being trained across the country for four days.

Mrs Macharia said the exercise will cost taxpayers Sh50 million.

"Reports I am getting from field officers indicate that the turnout is good," she said.