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Internet Issues, Insecurity and Teacher Shortage Threaten CBC in Northern Kenya

Internet Issues, Insecurity and Teacher Shortage Threaten CBC in Northern Kenya

Inadequate internet connectivity, insecurity, and a shortage of teachers are the greatest obstacles to implementing CBC in Garissa and the rest of the North Eastern region.

At a public hearing held at the NEP Girls High School in Garissa town on Tuesday, speaker after speaker said that Garissa and North Eastern face challenges that are different from those in other areas and must be dealt with if CBC is to be successful.

Abdirizack Hussein, the KNUT Executive Secretary for Garissa County, said that the internet is very important to the success of the CBC.

Still, he quickly pointed out that the Northeast lags far behind in connectivity.

Hussein said that even though teachers were given the right devices, they were useless because they couldn’t connect to the internet.

“Even where there is internet, it is not reliable something that forces teachers to leave their schools and travel for long distances in search of the same,” he said.

The secretary of the KNUT stated that every part of CBC has an internet component.”

He noted that exams and results must be downloaded and uploaded by teachers. “It may take even days for a teacher in North Eastern to administer such an exam.”

He stated that the teacher shortage in the region was so severe that in certain schools, one teacher was in charge of 400 students.

“To the best of my understanding, CBC requires that we have as many teachers as possible to ensure effective implementation,” noted Hussein

Former NEP Girls’ High School administrator Jawahir Mohamed stated that CBC was a very expensive curriculum for parents and that the high poverty levels in North Eastern make life a living hell for parents.

As a key hindrance to the education sector, Jawahir mentioned the present drought ravaging the region, which has left many families penniless.

“Majority of families in the area are struggling to feed their people. Telling them to provide learning tools or materials for the children burdens them even further,” she said.

Concerning security, the speakers urged the government to safeguard the region so that teachers from other areas can be posted and operate in North Eastern in comfort.

Dr. Wilson Kogo, in charge of the task force team, told the press outside of the conference that the problems facing CBC in the North Eastern region are similar and linked.

He said that ICT, infrastructure, and a lack of teachers are the biggest problems.

Dr. Kogo, while thanking education stakeholders, leadership, and parents for presenting their perspectives, remarked that his team was impressed by the turnout and that the issues raised were heartfelt.

According to him, the subject of school food programs was also prominent, with speakers urging the government and the Ministry of Education to enhance the feeding program to retain students.

Dr. Kogo’s team has been to the counties of Mandera and Wajir so far.

Under Professor Raphael Munavu, a 49-member task force was established to solicit public input and recommend an acceptable framework to expedite CBC implementation.

In addition, they are supposed to provide a framework for examining CBC and other concerns.

CBC Too Costly For Parents

A portion of Kilifi County’s Education Stakeholders has encouraged the government to alter the Competency-Based Curriculum education system so that they can completely comprehend it and participate in its implementation.

Tuesday, within an education reform task force created by President William Ruto to assess the new education system, a portion of the stakeholders claimed that the system’s implementation was hastened without addressing the underlying basic concerns.

They bemoaned the uncertainty caused by the double transition of students who are scheduled to enter secondary schools in January 2023 because of a lack of available space and the high prices of CBC.

The group, led by Emmanuel Karisa, a father of students in the neighborhood, stated that the CBC school system still requires adjustments in the education sector.

Karisa urged the government to guarantee that parents be freed of their burdens, particularly the significant costs associated with implementing the CBC.

Moses Uledi from the department of adult education mirrored Karisa’s sentiments, urging the government to maintain equity among students so that they are on a level playing field during examinations.

Uledi cited the example of students in drought-stricken regions with limited access to basic education compared to those in urban areas with access to the majority of requirements.

Fred Nguma, secretary of the Malindi branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, requested that the government increase the number of teachers to improve the education system in Kenya.

Since there are insufficient structures at the next level to accommodate the sixth-graders, he proposed that the government allow them to continue their studies in their current primary schools.

Internet Issues, Insecurity and Teacher Shortage Threaten CBC in Northern Kenya

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