Implementation of community Based learning may not take place this month.
Several activities must be undertaken by Parliament,Health ,Interior and Education Ministries as well as Teachers service Commission (TSC) ahead of its commencement.
Part of the reasons is the fact that parliament has not validated the programme’s guidelines that were given by TSC prior to its full implementation.
Education Cabinet Secretary had said in Eldoret that Community Based learning had not only received parliamentary Education Committee’s approval but also that of teachers’ unions and other Education stakeholders.
It has since emerged that the parliament which must be involved in the approval and rollout of the process is not even aware of the guidelines.
Sources indicates that a meeting is to be convened between Education officials and Legislators.
The aim is to take the MPs through the guidelines and to approve the whole Programme.
Moreover ,a teaching guide must also be prepared by The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development for teachers before the programme can start.
Education officials and teachers who will take part in the program must also undergo training.
Upon completion of teachers registration, Ministry of Education through TSC is expected to assign them classes with at most 15 learners.
Chiefs and their assistants must therefore identify venues to be used for learning.
Last week,It was resolved in a meeting between TSC and Education Ministry officials that open spaces in school compounds, churches and social halls be utilised for the community Based learning.
Learners will only be assigned classes after learning venues have been identified.
The meeting also resolved that all learning activities to take place in the zonal levels.
Training of officials
Before the programme is rolled out Nationally,all the regional directors, county directors, sub-county directors and curriculum support officers must first be trained.
Teachers who will be the key implementors of the programme will have their training last.
The commnuity Based teaching will not focus on syllabus completion rather soft skills and values including;
- Hygiene and sanitisation
- Grazing animals,
- Hygiene and other related activities.
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