Sossion calls for caution in implementing new curriculum

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion says more consultations are needed before the rolling out of the new education curriculum next year. Speaking today at the Annual General Meeting for Head Teachers in Mombasa, Sossion said that more time is needed to test and approve the new curriculum. He says curriculum review must go through the necessary stages; Assessment, policy formulation, design of curriculum framework, development of syllabus, development of learning materials and the learning materials must be tested and prove to be working before any roll out is done. Sossion was however quick to say that he is not opposing the new curriculum but it’s important to have enough pilot projects to test and evaluate its effectiveness before rolling it out. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has already said that all is set to roll out the new curriculum next year. The new system has been categorized into three phases, Early Years Education covering nursery to Grade 3, Middle School Education covering Grade 4 to Grade 9 and Senior School covering grades 10 to 12.