November 16, 2018

Matiang’i issues statement on new education system

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has issued a statement on the new education curriculum.

Matiang’i maintained on Wednesday (3/1/18) that the new curriculum, 2-6-6-3, would be rolled out as planned and established.

The Education CS also asked the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) chair Dr Sarah Ruto to provide the public with an implementation roadmap.

He said the second phase piloting for the new system was set to be implemented in 33,000 schools this year.

“I have seen reports in the media indicating the new curriculum is hanging in the balance. I categorically say there is nothing like hanging. The plan for the implementation remains as drawn.

“We have now officially commenced the rollout activities of the curriculum as envisaged in our plan all along. I thank all these colleagues for their commitment and their focus to ensuring that we strengthen the quality of the education of our children, that we prepare and produce man power that will be globally competitive, that will give our children the opportunity they need to excel and realize their potential,” said Matiang’i.

The Education CS was speaking following a crisis meeting with the National Steering Committee at KICD, Nairobi.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion made a u-turn saying education stakeholders would support the new curriculum.

“This is a very historic moment for the education sector in this country because this is not just a curriculum but quality curriculum that can transform the lives of the students in this country and citizens of this nation.

“The activities that have been lined up for this year satisfies our concerns as teachers that when there will be a sessional paper, the report shall be presented at the Parliamentary committee level and that there will be a national conference to debate it and so it is good that this year has been devoted for piloting in all our public schools,” said Sossion.

The KNUT chairman had questioned the new system saying schools were not ready for the implementation.

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