Teachers to be trained on new curriculum

The National Government has plans to conduct massive training for teachers countrywide to enhance implementation of new curriculum which is to begin early next year.

The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Julius Jwan said they would train the teachers immediately after the conclusion of KCPE and KCSE exams.

Speaking in Homa bay town on Wednesday when he officially opened KCPE examination papers container, Jwan reiterated that the curriculum would commence next year.

We are going to begin a massive training for primary school teachers after the exams. Our mission is to train the teachers to enable them implement the curriculum effectively, he said.

We have scheduled the training towards commencement of the first term to enable the teachers implement the curriculum when the knowledge is still fresh in their minds, added Jwan.

After the trainings, the KICD will hand the teachers to the Teachers Service Commission for continuous professional development.

This process will be continuous because we are taking a paradigm shift in education, he added.

The CEO further argued that the pilot implementation of the new curriculum signified that the education system would be beneficial to learners of this country.

Implementation of the curriculum will begin with pre- primary and lower primary schools and was expected to progress gradually in subsequent education levels.

It will be implemented in a manner that enhances smooth transition in education of pupils from primary to secondary schools.

The CEO said they would do away with summative examinations at the end of primary education, meaning KCPE will be terminated.

We will be moving step by step with the new curriculum until we reach the final levels of education. KCPE will still go on until the final phase of the curriculum implantation, he said.

However, after full implementation of the curriculum, KCPE will be stopped, paving way for a lot of continuous assessments encompassing checking of talents.

This will prevent a situation where pupils are declared to have failed to join another level of education because they have failed in a summative examination as it happens today, said Jwan.

The CEO who was in charge of the ongoing KCPE in Nyanza region said political tension which marred the region after repeat presidential poll did not interfere with examination.

We thought the tension would cause panic in our children but I realized it never had any negative impact on the candidates. There were no problems experienced during the exercise, he asserted.

The CEO expressed optimism that pupils would get used to taking examinations in environment free from leakage.

Source: Kenya News Agency