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Churches Want Religious Leaders Included in Education Reforms

Churches Want Religious Leaders Included in Education Reforms

The religious leaders in Nandi County informed the task team collecting opinions on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) that they were marginalized in education reforms.

They recommended integrating church leadership into school administration and providing spiritual support to students and faculty.

They stated to the task committee at Kapsabet Girls High School that churches have been excluded from education reforms, although they are the founders of several schools.

However, Susan Choge, the chair of academics at Koitale Samoei University, stated that the CBC program lacks policy mechanisms that define the role of school sponsors in public institutions, resulting in conflicts.

Dr. Choge said only basic education policies are specified in the CBC’s policy; administrative tasks are not mentioned.

“It has not defined substantive functions of the board of management and the church, and in most cases, the church leaders are found to be intruders on matters to do with school management,” said Dr. Choge. 

She asked the CBC’s drafters to study the management structures in schools and asserted that the church has a social obligation and role in the community’s education sector growth.

“Churches or its leaders should not inconvenience management. The ministry of Education should consider omitting the sponsorships in public schools. Why should we have external institutions or individuals calling shots on how to handle education matters,” said Choge.

She asked the task force to define the role of religious leaders in schools so that conflicts could be avoided.

Bishop Paul Korir of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), who spoke for the religious leaders, said that he disagreed with the school boards of management and that clergy had been left out of school activities for years.

He said churches had not been involved in education reforms since clerics are solely considered to conduct prayers during school functions.

He said religious leaders had not been asked what they could do to help improve education, and he asked the people involved to take their ideas seriously.

He told the CBC task force that schools should have spiritual guides, theological trainers, directors, and counselors.

“We are against the calls to strike out church sponsorship. They are part and parcel of the community, and in one way or another, they are pioneers of most schools in the country, and their role cannot be overlooked,” he affirmed.

Groups, including the students’ assembly, parents’ association, political leaders, Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), expressed worries over the CBC program.

They asserted that the CBC is expensive and biased.

Paul Rotich from KUPPET said parents have to spend more money to get CBC books and teaching materials.

The junior secondary schools, he said, should be housed in the existing primary schools, not in secondary schools.

Churches Want Religious Leaders Included in Education Reforms

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