CS Magoha breathes fire as TSC officials arrested

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. George Magoha Tuesday launched a nationwide training programme for early grade teachers on Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) that underpin the Education Reform the government is undertaking.

The Kenyan Competency-based Curriculum (CBC) is a new system of education designed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) team and launched by the ministry of education in 2017. The CBC is designed to emphasize the significance of developing skills and knowledge and also applying those competencies to real-life situations.

Kenyan Competency based Curriculum (CBC) is a new system of education designed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) & launched in 2017. @HamoProf @teddyeugene @ythera_mwangi #JeffAndHamoOnHot— Hot 96 FM Kenya (@Hot_96Kenya) December 18, 2018

Kakamega county director John Nzioka has asked teachers to report to the police if they are threatened during the training of the competency-based curriculum for teachers in the region.

This is after a county official was arrested for leading his colleagues in disrupting the launch of the programme with similar reports being reported in other centres led by TSC officials.

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Mr Tom Ingolo, who is the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) branch secretary for Kakamega Central, was arrested on Tuesday at Shikoti Primary School.

“The police have arrested me…and want to take me to cells in Kakamega but teachers are protesting, demanding to be told why I’m being arrested,” Mr Ingolo told the Nation.

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Mr Nzioka said security officers will be deployed in the training centres to protect teachers.
“The training is an important exercise and must go on as planned. We will not allow anyone to disrupt the exercise,” said Mr Nzioka.

In Vihiga County, training of teachers for the competence based curriculum went on uninterrupted despite a call by Knut to boycott the sessions.

About 20 zones in the county are being used as training centres with 1,698 teachers taking part.

Vihiga County Director of Education Hellen Nyang’au said 110 teachers were picked from private schools and 1,588 from public primary schools.

Local Knut executive secretary Maurice Chalenga said union members in the county had been advised on the position taken by their union but said officials will not disrupt the exercise.

“We believe a high percentage of teachers are not going to attend. It is tricky and we may not go disrupting it if our members choose to attend,” Mr Chalenga said.

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