Private School Teachers Warned Against Assigning Learners Unreasonable Homework
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) chief executive Prof. Charles Ong’ondo has cautioned businesspeople to be aware of government circulars, particularly those relating to books, “so that you don’t buy the wrong books.”
He cautioned private school teachers against assigning unreasonable tasks to students instead of using locally available materials.
Ong’ondo said Parents complain that CBC is too expensive because a few private schools have teachers who assign unreasonable homework adding that a few private schools have exaggerated the demands.
“Why download stuff where children can draw or get from existing materials like newspapers.
“Parents are complaining that CBC is expensive because a few private schools have teachers who give unreasonable assignments. A few private schools have exaggerated the demands,” Prof Ong’ondo said.
Another thing private school teachers do according to KICD boss is go on so many tours in the name of convenience.
“If it’s agriculture, they take the children to some farm, if it’s woodwork, they are taken to some industry and they charge for such. Definitely, it becomes expensive and that’s why parents are crying,” he said.
He noted that there have been no complaints from public schools, despite the fact that serious learning is taking place.
The KICD president urged teachers in private schools to make learning enjoyable.
“We are emphasising on formative assessment. We are not going to be thinking about assessment of learning, it is assessment for learning,” he said.
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He also advised Parents with Grade 6 children not to buy model test papers for the first end-of-primary-school assessment under the competency-based curriculum, which is scheduled for November (CBC).
“Schools, parents, and members of the public should be aware that the use of non-approved KICD curriculum support materials is in contravention of Section 27 of the KICD Act of 2013 (Revised 2019),” cautions Prof. Ong’ondo.