By Peter Amunga.
I don’t want to sound like a prophet of doom: but it is important that we communicate to Kenyans the realities they are soon facing. The education sector is collapsing. The CBC, DOUBLE INTAKE and a lost year due to covid simply means, we will have no education system in the next 2 years unless a very talented serious machinery is put in place.
- THE first huddle is well documented via Agustine Oduor who is an education writer with the Standard. He says that transition headache is looming and has made Magoha and Education ministry run scared and stressed because, when the 8-4-4 education system ends, giving way to a new structure under the new curriculum, there will be no space in schools due backlog.
- Under the new CBC, learners spend 2 years in ECDE, 6 in primary schools, 3 in junior secondary school and another 3 in senior secondary school. The present Grade 4 should exit primary education in 2022 and join secondary schools in 2023. Hapo ndio kizungumukuti kiko. I mean, join which high school, given that we have lost an academic year, due to covid? It means Kenyans may be forced stay home with their children for two years as the next government fixes the mess that current govt wiould have left.
- In 2022, which is the general election year, learners in the present Standard 6 will sit KCPE awaiting to get admitted to Form 1 in 2023. That is practically impossible given that the current form ones, twos and three will still be in high school mark timing and repeating classes due to COVID 19.
- The Triple admission of learners from two different education systems into our Kenyan high schools in the academic year 2022 to 2023 is a mirage that can only happen in a country with a well established Education ministry, proper financing, good school infrastructure, enough teachers and with a Education minister who is a talented achiever. A green horn like prof Magoha and his temperament cannot manage this crisis.
- The logistical challenges including COVID 19 realities that demand social distancing are a mountain. A school like Alliance needs toilets to fit the size of two football fields to ensure covid protocols.
- The BIBI politics will take center stage. Elections and referendum will be held in schools. Meaning schools will have to be closed again during the political activities of the next 2 years. A change of guard at state house will be another opportunity for the loser whom many seem to know to reject the election results and take Kenyans to the streets and supreme court. Meaning crippling the education sector further as we sort our politicians.
With the limited infrastructure and the Covid-19 realities, teachers staffing problems and lack of proper financing, Kenyans can be sure that there will be a major hiccup in the education sector in 2022-2023. The standard says ” .Placement criteria for learners to junior secondary schools will, however, be the biggest headache given that there shall be no national examinations before transition..?”
Simply.. let us PREPARE FOR THE WORST IN EDUCATION SECTOR in Kenya. We predict TOTAL COLLAPSE.