Teachers in several regions yesterday defied their union to attend training on the new curriculum as Education CS George Magoha vowed not to back down on its implementation.
Prof Magoha, who spoke while launching the training targeting 91,320 teachers at Uhuru Gardens Primary School in Nairobi, said the government has invested heavily in the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) thus abandoning it would be imprudent.
“When I decide to do something, I do it and have never failed. Let us stop wasting time talking. The CBC train left the station in January; there’s no going back. We’ll not fail under my leadership,” he said.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers had (Knut) had asked their members to boycott the four-day training to equip them with skills and knowledge on the CBC terming it illegal.
“The law requires an exercise of such magnitude must have guidelines and a gazetted commission to anchor the entire process. Besides, the due process of reforming the content of the curriculum was never followed to the letter, hence making the exercise illegal,” Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said.
On March 19, Knut released a report showing most schools are not fully prepared for the 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum.
And yesterday, teachers in North Rift, Nyanza, Kakamega, Eastern, Coast and Eastern ignored Knut and turned up for training.
In Kakamega Central, Knut branch secretary Tom Ingolo and chairman Nelly Malieso were arrested over claims of disrupting the training.
Area police boss David Kabena said the two officials and two other people will be charged with causing public disturbance and incitement.
In Eastern, Knut officials disrupted training in Kitui County.
Mwingi Knut secretary Jonathan Mutambu led other union officials in storming various training centres and ordered teachers out.
They said they will not allow the training until their demands are addressed.“Our decision is in compliance with a circular by Sossion that the training should be halted until an agreement on the contentious issues.
The training should not also be held during school holidays and the teachers should be facilitated fully,” said Mutambu.
Close to 500 teachers who had gathered at Migwani Training Resource Centre, Thokoa, Nguutani, Mbondoni, Nzeluni primary schools were forced to go back home.
In Uasin Gishu, teachers from 487 primary schools and 277 from private schools assembled in 24 centre for training against Knut’s advisory.