Kenya: Teachers Want Subjects in Secondary Schools Reduced

Headteachers want the number of subjects taught in secondary schools reduced and that they be based on skills and talent training for students.

Reducing the number of subjects taught in schools will reduce the workload that has most of the times resulted to indiscipline and poor performance among students, the chairman of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KSSHA) John Awiti has said.

At the same time, Mr Awiti said that they will investigate the causes of indiscipline among secondary school students.

“The number of subjects we give to students must be reduced now. Students in Form One and Two take 12 subjects [and those in] Form Three and Four have eight subjects,” said Mr Awiti, adding that this overloads the learners.

He was speaking Sunday at the Wild Waters Centre ahead of the 41st KSSHA conference which begins Monday.

MORE TIME WITH STUDENTS

He added that if the workload on students is reduced, teachers will also be free of extra work and in the process enable them to have more time with students.

“When the timetable is loaded and everything has to be examined in tests, [students] find the school to be very tense for them,” he added.

He added that the current system forces students to do compulsory subjects which they do not need and has left trainers with little time to help the learners exploit their talents.

Mr Awiti noted that cases of indiscipline have been on the rise in schools with headteachers failing to disclose them for fear of being regarded as weak managers.

The KSSHA chairman recommended that the curriculum used in training teachers be reviewed in order to enable them handle the current crop of students whom he said are ‘complicated.’

KSSHA vice chairman Alfred Indimuli said issues that they will address during the on-week meeting include drug and alcohol abuse and teen sex, among others

Mr Indimuli said that they will also discuss the proposed new syllabus.

Source: The Nation