Teachers Fault CBC Taskforce
Omboko Milemba, the chairman of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), has criticized President William Ruto for his Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) taskforce.
Milemba, speaking to the press on Saturday, October 1, stated that parents, students, and teachers should be represented on the 49-member task force revealed by the Head of State on Friday, September 30.
He stated that the three categories had direct experience with CBC and would offer the team significant feedback.
“Teachers are the key people in this business, they are the actual implementers. The teachers stand between the rubber and the road.
“Look at this, the Primary School teachers who are being ‘mocked’ on Whatsapp every day either cooking or with food that has been collected by parents, swimming on the floors or in sun are not represented on the taskforce yet they are the ones who have had the real feel of what CBC is,” stated Milemba.
He stated that teachers should be represented by KUPPET and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) for more accurate feedback.
For parents, he said that they had been worried about its implementation and demanded a curriculum rollout revision during the President’s campaign.
“The following groups need to be represented; teachers of Kenya under KNUT and KUPPET, the students because we have some who have already experienced the CBC, and moreso the parents. When we walked around with the President in Bungoma, the people who stopped the President because of CBC were the parents,” added Milemba.
On Friday, September 30, the President published the Working Party Education Reform, setting the way for CBC approval.
Among the important areas he instructed the team to review were the examination system, transition mechanisms, and the assignment of teachers.
He stated that the recommendations would make CBC more cheap and accessible to all students.
Soon after, Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) threatened to contest the findings on the grounds that they had been marginalized throughout the composition of the commission.
Charles Mukhwaya, general secretary of the KUSU, stated, “As a union, we want to remind President Ruto that he cannot assemble such a panel to solve concerns of education and leave out major players like us.”
Uon Professor Raphael Munavu (who acts as the taskforce’s leader) and award-winning educator Peter Tabichi are also members of the task force.