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10 top KNUT officials face interdiction for disrupting teachers’ training

According to Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Nancy Macharia, some of the 10 are executive secretaries and treasurers/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – Ten Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) officials who are also teachers face interdiction for disrupting the ongoing four-day Competency-Based Curriculum training for 91,000 teachers.

According to Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Nancy Macharia, some of the 10 are executive secretaries and treasurers.

Already, four KNUT officials, who led a mob to force out teachers and trainers during a training session in Kakamega County were Wednesday morning due in court.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has since directed County and Sub-County commanders to arrest anyone trying to sabotage the exercise while urging those aggrieved to follow the provided legal procedures to address their grievances.

“We shall not allow anyone to unlawfully sabotage legitimate activities of government and those culpable will be apprehended and dealt with according to the law,” he cautioned.

The exercise was launched on Tuesday by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha.

In Makueni, Gabriel Kisilu who is the union secretary in Kibwezi was arrested for disrupting the training in Wote town.

Over the weekend, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion dismissed the training as a waste of taxpayer’s money citing lack of preparedness by the Government.

“The NPS will continue with its mandate of maintaining law and order without fear or favour and welcomes the support of Kenyans towards creating a peaceful environment for all,” the IG said.

The training is being held into two phases, the second one being in August when the Government is set to start training Grade 4 pupils using the new curriculum training materials.

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The Competency-Based Curriculum for early years education was rolled out in pre-primary 1 and 2, and grades 1,2 and 3 across the country early on January.

Once fully rolled out, the curriculum will change from the current 8-4-4 system to 2-6-3-3-3.

The Education Cabinet has vowed that there will be no turning back until the 8-4-4 curriculum is completely phased out.

Teachers are being trained on how to handle CBC in order to facilitate effective implementation.

A team of 181 master trainers has since trained 1,165 regular and special needs education curriculum support officers and 1,320 CBC champions as the trainer of trainers.

At the end of the training, all teachers are expected to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective implementation of CBC, apply innovative pedagogical approaches and models, demonstrate competencies in assessment, be self-reflective and self-improving.


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