KNUT Says it Supports Recommendations by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has said it will rally behind the recommendations by the Presidential Working Party on education reforms.

Speaking at an annual teachers’ meeting at Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu said that the teachers’ union will support the Working Party’s report which recommends junior secondary schools to be domiciled and managed in Primary Schools.

There was an uproar among newly recruited JSS teachers for the proposal to have junior secondary schools led by primary school head teachers.

However, KNUT thinks that it is a good idea for JSS schools to be managed by primary school heads.

The postsecondary teachers’ union supports the report because it has been developed through extensive research which was carried out to take into consideration input from key stakeholders in the education sector, especially teachers and parents.

Under the new Competency Based Curriculum, Junior Secondary Schools (JSS), which include Grades 7, 8 & 9 are domiciled in primary schools.

“KNUT conducted yet another research and we gave our research findings to Prof Raphael Manavu and we inducted all the branches based on the research and every branch knew what to say about CBC and the amendments that we expect. And what the branches said were internalized by the presidential working party,” Oyuu said.

The report by the Presidential Working Party also recommended that the categorization of schools should be abolished. Arguing its case for the report, KNUT representatives said that school categorization promotes classism in society.

“We must de-categorize schools because we cannot afford to categorize schools anymore. Every child in this country needs education. Categorization of schools brought in a lot of classism,” the KNUT SecGen added.

Oyuu further added that the Presidential working party has given a lot of room on how the Teachers Service Commission should post teachers while also making valid recommendations on the number of subjects to be taught in schools.

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