The government has been commended for reviewing the education curriculum making it competency – based, a move that is likely going to alleviate the numerous challenges bedeviling the education sector in the country.
Addressing over 270 P1 and Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers during Moi Teachers’ College’s 24th graduation in Baringo on Friday March 23, 2018 in a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the review was necessary considering the introduction of free primary and free day secondary education, and the subsequent surge in enrolment.
Among the challenges that necessitated the review of the curriculum included; a slum in the quality of education due to increased pupil enrolment, and the assumption by many parents that the government would be responsible for all costs related to the child’s education.
Though quality of teachers was an important ingredient in the provision of quality education in any country, she pointed out, the quality of teachers was not only based on qualification and experience, but had everything to do with quality of their attitude, moral values, interpersonal relationship, and quality of leadership as well as vision.
Quality of teachers, she noted, could be enhanced if in-house professional development to help audit the teachers’ professional competence is encouraged as well as frequently retraining in – service teachers, who like other professionals need constant retraining and exposure to enable them keep abreast with the changes in education.
She challenged school managements to ensure that all contributing factors to good performances such as cleanliness and discipline are given priority. “You do not expect students to perform better if their surrounding is pathetic, and when there is no discipline”, said Prof. Imbuga.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the College’s Board of Management Prof. Moses Limo hailed the graduating students for their hard work and the discipline they maintained throughout their study period.
Speaking during the function, the Senior Principal of the College Mrs Lorraine Mukoya thanked the government, the College Board, the local community and leadership for the provision of a conducive working and learning environment which she said contributed immensely to the good performance.
During the function, various graduands were presented with different awards for good performance, with Ng’etich Jepchumba emerging the best in academic performance in the academic year 2016/2017.