NAIROBI, Kenya, September 18 – Former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi has blasted teachers union officials for their reversal of criticizing the competency-based curriculum despite filing affidavits in court supporting the new learning module.
“KNUT and KUPPET officials are very dishonest. They filed affidavits in court in support of the CBC,” Havi asserted in remarks targeting the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Kenya Post Primary Teachers Union (KUPPET).
“Today, they are crying loud and clear that Radio-Canada is not viable and that it should be abandoned. Can they concede in court? he posed.
Havi’s comments came amid a sustained assault on CBC by a cross section of education stakeholders, some of whom opposed his bid to halt implementation of the new program.
The former LSK chairman had gone to court in 2021 to challenge the implementation of the CBC, arguing that the Ministry of Education could not “change the education system through parliamentary documents and policy decisions instead of legislation”.
Havi argued that the CBC led to the disruption of the basic structure of the country’s education system and consequently interfered with the right to education.
KUPPET General Secretary Akelo Misori opposed Havi’s arguments in court in defense of the CBC, which he said complied with the Constitution, and in particular Articles 53 and 43(1).
KUPPET president Omboko Milemba on Saturday urged the current government to include union officials in the task force that will be formed following President William Ruto’s pledge to review the new curriculum.
“To be successful, every education system needs the goodwill of all stakeholders, including government, teachers, learners and all sectors of society,” Milemba said.
Former KNUT General Secretary Wilson Sossion also criticized the new program casting doubt on its effective implementation.
Sossion called the study program “outcome-based”, saying it was incomparable with similar modules in Singapore and Finland.
“We are wrong as a country because there has never been a CBC in our classrooms, teachers are teaching a results-based curriculum,” he said.
Sossion in February called the education system an attempt to force an inferior education system on what he called a strong 8-4-4 system.
“There has never been CBC in our class. If we come to the true definition of CBC which has been practiced in Finland and Singapore, what we see in Kenya is not CBC. It is a fraudulent program. You cannot make an inferior education system replace a strong education system,” he said.
During his inauguration on Tuesday, President Ruto stressed the need for public participation even as he promised to set up a working group to look into the matter.
“With regard to education and in particular the implementation of the CBC programme, public participation is essential in this regard. I will set up an education reform task force within the presidency, which will be launched in the coming weeks. It will collect opinions from all stakeholders in accordance with the constitutional requirement of public participation,” he said.
Ruto, while acknowledging parents’ concerns about this, promised to ensure that the interests of learners and parents are considered.
“We are particularly sensitive to the anxieties of parents about the transition of the last 8-4-4 class and the first CBC class next January,” he said.