Here are Teachers Demands To President Ruto Ahead Of Planned CBC Review
The New Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) hangs on a balance with majority of the Kenyan teachers and parents left in dilemma whether the curriculum will be abolished or not.
Dr Williams Ruto, the fifth president of Kenya has noted that the a taskforce team will be forced to work on CBC review process.
Following the planned CBC review process, teachers through their union officials have issued four demands to president Ruto ahead of the CBC Review process.1. Teachers Demand For Inclusivity In the CBC Review Process
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) which that it is important to include Teacher’s Unions in the CBC review taskforce.
According to KUPPET, it is paramount to involve Teacher’s unions in Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) implementation review process.
2. Review Of The Fees Charged To Parents For The New Curriculum
While speaking to the press, KUPPET and the Private Schools Association encouraged the Head of State to reevaluate the fees charged to parents for the curriculum in the CBC review process.
The national chairperson of KUPPET, Omboko Milemba said that majority of the parents have decried the extra fees charged by schools under the CBC curriculum.
Parents have expressed that concerns are against CBC due to the hidden expenses they are required to meet other than school fees. Parents have complained that under the new curriculum, pupils were continuously expected to provide commodities such as rice and cooking equipment for interminable experiments amidst harsh economic times.
3. Teacher Shortage In The Country
The Teachers Service Commission in the recent past noted that there is severe shortage of teachers in schools across the country.
Akelo Misori, Secretary-General of KUPPET, also noted that implementation of CBC is going to be a challenge due to teacher shortage in schools.
Misori further noted that teacher shortage is a significant barrier to implementing CBC in the country hence the government should address the issue by employing more teachers.
Currently teacher shortage is more than 114,000 in both secondary schools and primary schools.
“TSC has decried the understaffing of our schools to the tune of 114,000 teachers in the year 2022″, Misori said.
Therefore, there is need for the government to reevaluate the requirements of teachers to teach junior high school ahead of double intake next year.
4. The government to pay for fees charged in Teacher Professional Development (TPD) modules.