Institute to train 170,000 teachers on new system

KICD director Julius Jwan. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NMG
KICD director Julius Jwan. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NMG 

The training of 170,000 teachers to implement the new curriculum starts tomorrow, setting the stage for the rollout in January.

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development director Julius Jwan said master trainers, curriculum support officers, headteachers and lower primary school teachers will be trained on the new system.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) would take over the exercise after initial induction, he said.

“The training will be continued by TSC through continuous professional development and mentorship by curriculum support officers,” said Dr Jwan.

He also disclosed that publishers of books that will be used under new curriculum have started to submit the learning materials.

“We have worked on the timelines and the books will be ready by January,” said the director, adding that all steps in the curriculum review have been followed.

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i last week said the rollout of the new curriculum would be systematic. “Nonetheless, all doors are open for stakeholders who might wish to give us necessary feedback,” he said.

Dr Matiang’i said reports on the piloting of the curriculum have been impressive.

“The ministry has been making adjustments based on the feedback from the field trials,” he said.

The new system replaces the current Standard One to Form Four with Grade 1 to Grade 12.

However, Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary-general Wilson Sossion has demanded that the rollout be pushed to 2019, arguing that teachers are ill-prepared and that the one-month training is insufficient.