Based on the underage status of grade six learners majority of parents in Kakamega County want the prescribed Junior Secondary schools under the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) carried out in primary schools.
Speaking while submitting their views to the Presidential Taskforce Committee set to review reforms on the CBC, Kakamega County Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chairman, Patrick Chungani stated that the youngsters were likely be subjected to molestation by senior students.
He faulted the previous administration for failing to subject the review of the education system through a commission as has been the case in the past, saying this is why they were opposed to the system from the start.
Chungani said secondary school teachers are ill prepared for CBC since they were never trained proposing that primary school teachers with diploma, degree and master’s degrees be allowed to teach in the proposed senior primary.
Several other speakers also supported the suggestion, noting that primary schools will have vacant classrooms if the move is effected as presently structured, while overstretching learning facilities in secondary schools.
According to them, the object of the curriculum is instrumental in nurturing talents, but would only be effective if the government provides the learning materials and also employs enough teachers.
The committee also received recommendations that the Kenya National Examination Council should establish clear guidelines on assessment of learners, saying the current system was giving teachers a lot of leeway to award marks.
By Stephen Omondi