Machogu To Break Cartels, Implement CBC and Ensure Reasonable School Fees
He stated that his first assignment at Jogoo House’s 10th floor office will be to eliminate individuals and rings that conspire to steal government funds.
“If there are cartels at the ministry it is time that they start packing and go elsewhere. With me at the helm, I will love value for money. We shall do proper monitoring so that we do not lose any money at all,” Machogu said.
Machogu stated that he understands parents’ concerns about the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), citing high costs and a burden on students.
However, he stated that his decisions on the rollout will be guided by recommendations from the presidential working party on CBC.
He noted that parents complain about costs because the system is capital intensive and they are required to purchase many items.
“I want to assure members that we shall not allow anything that will be costly to parents. The constitution says that education is free and compulsory from primary to secondary. Once I get recommendations of task force we shall look at this,” added Machogu.
He stated that the current cost of CBC is insurmountable for parents. Machogu explained that it is not manageable with Covid 19 effects and parents are unable to afford certain things as required by CBC.
Machogu also mentioned other issues that have arisen as a result of the new curriculum’s implementation, such as teacher training and readiness.
He stated that the fee guidelines would be strictly adhered to.
He also stated that he would make certain that schools do not require parents to buy uniforms from specific vendors at prices that raise the cost of education.
“We are in a free market economy and if parents are asked to buy from specific vendors, then there is conflict of interest. Those are the cartels that we shall dismantle. I will not allow existence of cartels,” said Machogu.