Stakeholders converged at the KICD auditorium to discuss the Basic Education Regulations. This is the second meeting to take place in a bid to draw the regulations that are set to operationalize the Basic Education Act.
Stakeholders present included the Ministry of Education and Science and Technology (MOEST), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), County Directors of Education, the Kenya National Association of Parents (KNAP). KPA chairman Musau Ndunda raised some issues with the constitution of the curriculum committee to coordinate co-curricular activities in the document which led to some healthy debate among the stakeholders.
“It is important to separate mobilization of funds from the running of curriculum when contributing to the debate on the constitution of the Co-curricular board.” said KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion.
Stakeholders discussed the wording of certain clauses while reading through each point thoroughly to ensure that there was no wrong impression.
This point was further emphasized when a member pointed out that the wording gave the wrong impression. They differed on the change of term dates from September to January and raised the logistical problems that would be experienced as a result. Ministry of Education Communications Officer Mr. Kennedy Bukhere cited that it would be a logistical nightmare with cost implications that are not factored in as children would be forced to stay in a class for longer periods or national exams would have to be suspended for a time in order to allow for the implementation of the new term dates.
The reason why the term dates were to be changed was as a result of a recommendation made by the Odhiambo report with the main reason given being the government fiscal year and the time taken to release funds for free primary education. “Just because a recommendation was made does not mean that it has to be implemented” recommended Mr. Sossion.
The stakeholders concluded that changing the term dates would have a ripple effect across the country as so many other sectors such as universities would be affected. The curriculum would have to be reviewed also as the exam dates would have to be changed. They were able to come up with far reaching suggestions which would be included in the review of the Basic Regulation Act which is currently under review.