Eyes on President Ruto as teachers await promise delivery
President William Ruto made a commitment to the education promise, saying he would address inequities in the sector to ensure a level playing field for all. In the wide education sector, lies one of the greatest constant. The teacher.
The teachers’ contribution in shaping an individual, right from pre-school to institutions of higher learning, cannot be wished away. It is against this backdrop that the Kenya Kwanza Government said it would domesticate teacher recruitment and deployment at entry level.
This is in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) teacher deployment practice, which highlights education as a cultural process conducted within a people’s cultural context at the local level.
During the campaigning period, the President met education stakeholders to share their plan if they form the next Government and announced a raft of proposals for teachers.“We want to engage in a way of arriving at education being the driver for our economic model and making sure bottom up is enabled by the kind of education that we have,” Ruto said.
“Access, relevance, affordability and quality are issues we want to have a conversation about so that we can build a human capital to give us the edge to achieve the country’s goals and be internationally competitive,” he added.
He said that the goal is to ensure there are no half-baked people at the end of the education chain, but people with quality education. Ruto also said that his team has heard concerns from parents, teachers and various stakeholders on Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and as Kenya Kwanza, they are seeking a robust conversation with the public to ensure there is an education system everyone is comfortable with.
This, he said, will lead the country to have a quality, relevant and affordable education system. Already, the President has constituted a 42-member working group on education reforms. On basic education, the team is to assess and recommend an appropriate structure to implement the competency based curriculum.
It will study all laws governing the basic education subsector and make recommendations for review of these legislations with a view to addressing duplication, ambiguities, efficiency constraints and improving linkages.
They are also expected to study, assess and make recommendations on conceptualisation and implementation of key tenets guiding the competency based approach including but not limited to value based education, community service learning, parental empowerment and engagement.
The are to undertake assessment and examination framework, quality assurance and standards framework, the teacher education and training framework for both pre-service and in-service, the teacher deployment framework as well as technology for curriculum delivery, improved learning outcomes and education management.
Teachers are eager to see this achieved with time, which they say will go a long way in dealing with challenges they have to contend with daily.