A serious debate has been on at the Spice FM this morning where Kuppet sg Akello who was in the Studio, Belio Kipsang the PS Edication via zoom and Education Advocate Amunga exchanged on the timing and structural basis that COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING (CBL) is founded on. Amunga asked Akello if he was part of the stakeholders that met at KICD with Magoha and agreed to roll out the CBL without any structures and safety precautions for teachers and earners.
Akello defended himself saying that CBL learning introduced by Magoha as a remedy of not opening schools was not compulsory for teachers. Akello says, according to his union the CBL is voluntary. But the education PS who joined the debate via zoom told Kenyans that already the 300,000 teachers workforce under the TSC had registered for the under trees teaching programme.
Belio insisted that the program will take off and there is nothing to stop it since teachers and parent are happy to offer services and supportive. Broad areas set to be covered in Environment include Personal Hygiene, Hygiene and Conservation, Careers in Science, (Non)Communicable Diseases, Body Systems, Physical Exercise and Safety, Home Remedies and Simple First Aid, Environmental Conservation, Business Resources and Agribusiness
But parents calling into the studio clearly condemned it. One of them said and I quote:
This community based education is useless, it’s time we engage parents in the kids education.. No protocols , structures or training required, parents know best for their children and are fit to engage them on daily basis.. It seems impractical
Education columist Amunga Peter replying to the same said and I quote..
“The frowning Face of A goat cannot stop the owner of the goat from slaughtering it. “ Magoha and Belio Kipsang, believe that they won teachers. They careless if teachers have PPEs or masks or sanitizers. All they want is to take pictures and send to the president to prove that their COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING is working. To do this, they will threaten, cajole and use all tactics possible to tell Kenyans that teachers are happy to teach under trees.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Amunga Akhanyalabandu, a teacher at of many years in various high schools highlighted some of the flaws in the programme.
“That is not we had trained for. Teachers are professional, they go through some training but what the Ministry is trying to impose is things we were not taught in college.
Magoha made it clear, that this project will not be tied to teacher’s salaries. It will be supervised by local admins like chiefs. Clearly no serious thinking Kenyan will take it seriously. Parents will not accept that their kids be exposed to COVID 19