One of President Ruto’s insiders, Mr Davis Chirchir, has called for total annihilation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) and the Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD).
According to Chirchir the three programmes take a lot of time from teachers hence messing with their ability to be creative.
He says in CBC teachers spend a lot of time assessing, marking and uploading scores on the Knec portal which is a tiresome and involving exercise.
“CBC controls the teachers by demanding a huge amount of reporting and constant assessment.
A teachers mind cannot be creative when they are trying to make lesson plans, TPAD, TPD and Knec assessments but also worrying that Nancy Macharia will transfer them if they don’t send the right documents,” said Chirchir.
Already President William Ruto has established a taskforce which is set to start collecting views from the public which will inform the areas and how the CBC will be reviewed.
Mr Chirchir is not the only one calling for changes in CBC. Mr Peter Kaluma, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Homa Bay also took a swipe at the curriculum calling for its immediate termination.
“Terminate CBC and reintroduce 8:4:4 content as initially conceived. At KCPE, 8:4:4 trained pupils in Music and Music Instruments, Agriculture, Art, Craft, Masonry, Carpentry, Tailoring and Embroidery and Home Science,” said Kaluma.
Other politicians including Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale and former Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion have also called for complete overhaul of the curriculum.
The first CBC cohorts are currently in Grade 6 and will transition to junior secondary in January next year after sitting for their final exams in primary school in November.
On TPD, President Ruto’s government, through the Kenya Kwanza manifesto pledged to pay for the training programme and relieve teachers of the burden.
Currently TPD training is ongoing and teachers are required to pay sh. 6,000 for the introductory module which end in December.
The government is yet to intervene and start paying for the programme which aims at instilling teachers with requisite skills for executing their teaching duties.
On Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) TSC has given teachers upto this week to finalize their termly appraisals.
Teachers are required to submit TPAD ratings on termly basis before schools are closed.
According to the Commission, TPAD which is an open appraisal system will allow teachers in primary and secondary schools to participate in evaluating their own performance and initiate their professional development.
Through the appraisal and development system, it is envisaged that teachers will become more empowered to regain the lost glory of the teaching profession and public confidence and support.
TSC uses TPAD to promote its teachers. During promotion interviews teachers must download and produce evidence of TPAD compliance for them to be considered.
Efforts by former Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion to have CBC, TPD and TPAD programmes abolished failed.