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P1 teachers training to be phased out as new competency based curriculum takes shape

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH MAY,2019-The government has announced  plans to phase out P1 teacher training and instead focus on producing diploma graduates competent enough to  assist in implementation of  the Competency Based Curriculum.

According to Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang who made this announcement on Thursday,  the group of trainees admitted last year will be the last.

“This year, all teacher trainees will be admitted to diploma programmes and graduates will be ready to teach the CBC,” he said at the Kenya School of Government in Embu County.

“We would like to have another crop of teachers well-equipped to deliver on the new curriculum,” he told a meeting of experts designing the rest of the curriculum.

If P1 training  is phased out,this means that ,there will no longer be  a system that has seen Kenya produce teachers for itself and other countries.

As Regards to  progress in the implementation of the new curriculum, Dr Kipsang reported that 27 million textbooks had been supplied to public primary schools.

He also reported that 91,000 teachers were trained during the holidays on the new system of education.

The 2-6-3-3-3 system will replace  the 8-4-4 system that has existed  since the 1980s.

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