Kajiado County government has trained more than 700 teachers on the new education curriculum to ensure the system is adopted in earnest. Sensitisation programmes have also been launched, with residents being urged to embrace change.
They were also asked to shun misconceptions that the new system will compromise the quality of education and only favours bright learners. Speaking in Kajiado yesterday, county Education minister Samuel Seki said training of teachers was aimed at supporting the new system.
He said the first phase of training focused on teachers working in remote areas where enrolment to schools is still very low. Seki said in such areas, the 8-4-4 education system is yet to be adopted by some residents and education stakeholders feared that if early training and sensitisation was not vigorously done, it would led to increased rate of dropouts.
The County and National governments, he said, are working closely to facilitate adoption of the new curriculum. Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Kajiado secretary general Elly Korinko said the new curriculum means well for learners.
Prolonged drought, which has seen children keep off school because of hunger, is a major challenge in adopting the new curriculum in schools in the region. In the second phase of training, 400 Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers will be trained.