BY DPPS/NAIROBI,23RD JUNE,2022-United Democratic Alliance Presidential candidate William Ruto has undertaken to institute major reforms in the country’s education sector.
If elected President in the August 9, 2022 elections, Ruto disclosed he will order for an audit on the current Competency Based Education Curriculum.
Addressing a forum of education stakeholders at Catholic University Thursday, the Deputy President noted that five years down the road, there ought to be a review in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommendations to determine the effectiveness of the CBC program.
The review, according to Ruto, will take stock of issues that have come up since the education program was implemented.
“We will do this so that the issues that have been identified by teachers, parents and other stakeholders can be subjected to robust public conversation, so that we can finally have a conversation that will lead us to ironing out areas that are in contestation and we can have education system that serves our children and our requirements for the future.” he said
At the same time, Ruto said the Kenya Kwanza government will abolish delocalization policy as is set up now and replace it with “a program that appreciates that teachers are a national resource and at the level of entry in employment,”
Ruto said the Education’s national agenda will be implemented at the national level but promised to offer an incentive so that teachers who voluntarily want to teach outside their counties or localities can be paid an allowance in promoting a national nature of education.
“(We will do this) so that we can remove the current distress that is facing families and teachers where some of them have committed suicide.” he said
He said his government will provide a proactive support for Kenyans from marginalized areas that do not have adequate teachers in a bid to boost education levels therein.
“We will put in place robust measures to ensure the most vulnerable students get the chance to enrich their lives through education.”
“We will promote, provide bursaries, and actively provide opportunities rm people from those areas as a means to enhance teachers from those areas while Kenyans from other areas who teach in those areas will be incentivised,” He said
Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula said Kenya Kwanza will seek to “bring sanity and eventually harmony between the teachers service commission and the teaching fraternity.” He accused TSC of abandoning its role as a good employer saying the Commission now “behaves like a bad policeman to its own employees.”
“We give you our solemn promise that this is not a rhetorical engagement. This is serious talk with serious commitment. We want to change this country. The challenges you face are the challenges we see and feel.” The Bungoma Senator told the forum
On his part, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi noted; Education is a very critical sector, if we get it right we are likely to get every other thing right as we move forward.
“We must continue to invest in education. As a commitment as Kenya Kwanza, we will continue to focus and we shall improve on the utilization of resources so that our children are properly educated at all times.” he said