The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) wants President Ruto’s government to let politicians stay out of the debate on whether to abolish or retain the competency-based education system.
KNUT Deputy Secretary General Mr Hesbon Otieno said politicians should not be seen as part of stakeholders as much as possible while expressing full support for the president’s directive to have an education panel to review the CBC. Adding that politicians will politicize such sensitive issues.
“We are calling on the Ruto administration not to involve politicians who can politicize the discussion on the CBC review. We don’t want people to play with our children’s lives,” he said.
He said the union is ready to attend the upcoming public hearing on the CBC as one of the main stakeholders in the education sector. During his inauguration as Kenya’s fifth president, President Ruto said he would commission a task force to review the CBC. .
Otieno, meanwhile, said the union hopes that the government will recruit more than 100,000 teachers as promised during the campaign.
He said, the recruitment of new teachers has been going on for a long time, because the country is facing a shortage of teachers due to the increase in the number of learners enrolling in school.
“We hope to discuss the recruitment of new teachers with the government and the Department of Education (Teachers Service Commission ) as soon as possible,” he said.