TSC Should Employ ECDE Teachers, Taskforce Told as Gachagua Speaks on CBC Report
Counties should delegate the employment of Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and instead focus on improving the effectiveness of ECDE by constructing classrooms and acquiring learning materials.
Mr. Gilbert Kitiyo, Nakuru County Commissioner, criticized the majority of devolved units for lacking a solid scheme of service to progress ECDE instructors.
Mr. Kitiyo said that even though the Constitution requires county governments to regulate pre-primary and early childhood education, TSC hiring would ensure that uniform standards are applied across all counties.
Friday, while speaking at Nakuru Girls High School and submitting his views to the Presidential Taskforce Committee on Education reforms, the administrator noted that many children continue to perform poorly in primary and secondary schools due to a lack of access to high-quality early childhood education.
“For those teachers already hired by respective county governments, I propose that TSC regularizes such employment and this should be done without any conditions,” he added.
Some pre-primary school instructors are paid as little as Sh7,500 per month, while others are paid as much as Sh43,800 per month.
The County Commissioner noticed that low compensation is partially to blame for the dearth of Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers since some choose more lucrative positions in non-governmental organizations and other industries.
Mr. Kitiyo told the task team that the disparity in remuneration between ECDE teachers must be rectified immediately.
In some areas, instructors are paid a set wage regardless of their level of education, resulting in degree holders receiving as little as Sh12,000 per year.
“We need to do our best to ensure the ECDE sector is motivated. There is need to have a harmonized scheme of service for the teachers,” added the administrator.
He argued that allowing junior high school students to attend elementary schools will improve their social and physical development.
Mr. Kitiyo stated that parents are concerned that children, some of whom are only 10 years old, will share dormitories, restrooms, and playgrounds with adolescents at distant high schools.
He added, “I propose junior secondary schools be domiciled in primary schools due to age and maturity of learners as day scholars cannot walk long distances. Parents are not comfortable with our 11-year-old learners being in the same environment with 17 or 18-year-olds.”
Professor Henry Kiplagat, vice chancellor of Kabarak University, suggested that the Ministry of Education explore allowing Grade Six students to transition to Junior Secondary Schools at their present primary schools, where space and personnel are readily available.
According to him, this will forestall an impending crisis in the admission of Form One and Junior Secondary School students, as school infrastructure and human resources will likely be overstretched if enrollment continues as planned.
In addition, he stated that younger children were likely to be molested by older students.
“It is worth noting that in the next three academic years, primary schools will have two exit points; one at Grade Six on sitting Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), and the other at Standard Eight after sitting the KCPE exams.”
Professor Kiplagat indicated that there will be two unused classrooms in elementary schools by January 2025 if the two examination cohorts attend secondary and junior secondary schools located in the current secondary schools.
However, the Vice-Chancellor informed the task team that claims that the curriculum is pricey are implausible, blatantly wrong, and an unwelcome diversion from an exceptionally well-designed educational system.
According to him, no additional costs are associated with delivering curricular content to a class via the CBC system.
“The CBC educational experience is unlike what parents are accustomed to. The learning is more engaging, particularly as a result of the persistent emphasis on application as opposed to merely acquiring knowledge for its own purpose. This means that students must return home to apply the lessons of the day to their everyday life.”
Professor Kiplagat observed that the nature of homework for CBC students has shifted from theoretical problem-solving practice to more practical applications at home.
“If we need to train our learners to solve societal problems, the teachers, learners and parents must work together to create authentic and stimulating learning scenarios that merge classroom academic work with the issues in society.”
“The CBC teachers are a guide by the side for learners as opposed to being sages on the stage.”
The Vice-Chancellor stated that it was crucial to reinforce CBC’s strengths by introducing accessible, affordable, and reasonable teaching tools into the curriculum.
The government will implement the recommendation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) taskforce in its entirety, according to the vice president, Rigathi Gachagua.
The Working Party on Education Reforms (WPER) ended public hearings on Friday and will accept proposals from educational institutions the following week.
Mr. Gachagua stated that the opinions of all stakeholders, particularly CBC, will be considered while making choices regarding school changes.
“We’ll not change even a comma on the taskforce (report),” he said.
“We’ve dismantled the praise and worship choir of the previous government,” added the DP.
Friday, he spoke at the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) headquarters at Mitihani House in South C to inaugurate the national examination session.
Beginning on November 28, 2022, Knec will administer an unprecedented three national tests for Grade 6, Standard 8, and Form 4 students.
The examinations are the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for first time, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and the Kenya Secondary Certificate of Education (KCSE).
Mr. Gachagua also defended Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, claiming he was misquoted over his remarks on university finance.