Governor faults education CS for ignoring counties in new curriculum

Migori Governor Zachary Okoth Obado has faulted the Education cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i for pushing for the implementation of the new education curriculum without involving county governments.

Speaking while launching scholarship for more than 200 KCPE students dubbed Governors Scholarship at Migori Stadium Obado regretted that the country is changing from 8.4.4 system to without the participation by the county governments yet early education was devolved.

Governor Obado noted that most County Governments are busy building ECDE classrooms contrary to the new education curriculum which has only two levels of education.

He said that it was necessary for the cabinet secretary to fully involve county governments so that they allocate appropriate resources at ECDE level.

I cannot recall any forum organised by the cabinet secretary in order change the education system from 8.4.4 to, Governor Obado said

Obado however called on the new curriculum implementers to pay attention on key areas to accommodate future adjustments.

He challenged Dr. Matiang’i to fully involve county governments whenever there are issues affecting education since they play key role especially at early learning level.

It is important for the cabinet secretary to recognise the role of the counties in education while rolling out new programs, Obado added.

At the same time Obado urged 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education students who failed to attain direct university entry grades to invest in vocational training colleges to further their studies.

The governor revealed of the National and County Governments move to upgrade and equip tertiary colleges to accommodate students who do not acquire direct university grades.

I urge the education stake holders to encourage students with no direct entry university grades to join tertiary institutions since it will provide another way to university, he said.

Over Shs 12 million was disbursed to 200 form one needy students who will be joining various secondary schools in the country.

The program launched in 2015 will see first 200 beneficiaries sit for KCSE this year.

The Governor threatened non-performing students that there sponsorship will be withdrawn if they posted worrying grades.

Source: Kenya News Agency