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Chepkut, Tiren dismiss critics of education reforms

Winstone Chiseremi and KNA @PeopleDailyKe

Two legislators have told off critics of the ongoing education sector reforms, saying the Jubilee government will not allow anyone to sabotage the process.

Speaking during a meeting of primary and secondary school heads from Uasin Gishu county at an Eldoret hotel, MPs William Chepkut (Ainabkoi) and Silas Tiren (Moiben) said they will support the reforms for the benefit of learners.

They called on all education stakeholders to support acting Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i in the implementation of the new education curriculum.

Chepkut faulted a section of education stakeholders of undermining efforts by Matiang’i to bring sanity to the education sector, terming their action unfair.

Tiren dismissed assertions by the leaders of the Kenya National Union of Teachers and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers that the CS did not consult all stakeholders on the education reforms.

The MP told the unionists to stop politicising the execution of the new programme and instead embrace the changes being initiated in schools. Their sentiments came as Migori Governor Okoth Obado faulted the government for undertaking far-reaching changes in early childhood education, which is a devolved function, without consulting the counties.

Speaking at the launch of the Governor’s Scholarship programme for KCPE exam graduates at Migori Stadium, Obado regretted that the country is replacing the 8-4-4 system with 2-6-6-3 without the participation by the county governments.

He said it was necessary for the Cabinet secretary to fully involve county governments so that they allocate appropriate resources at Early Childhood Development Education level.

“I cannot recall any forum organised by the Cabinet secretary in order change the education system from 8-4-4 to 2-6-6-3,” said Obado. He, however, called on the new curriculum implementers to pay attention on key areas to accommodate future adjustments.

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