The Directorate of Education Standards is to start inspecting the implementation of the revised lower secondary curriculum in schools.
The ministry of education and sports last year introduced a new lower secondary curriculum focusing on skills and competencies away from the old curriculum that was theory-oriented.
The National Curriculum Development Centre trained teachers to be able to implement it at that level.
However, the education standards department that is supposed to monitor and implement this curriculum is receiving reports from stakeholders that some schools are still teaching the old curriculum.
According to Benson Kule Bitazare, the head of inspection, education standards will be carrying out an inspection to find out whether schools are implementing the curriculum as it is mandated to them by the ministry of education.
“We are receiving reports that teachers are continuing with the practice of dictating notes for learners in senior one and two which is contrary to the revised curriculum that emphasizes that the learners should make their own notes through research.” He said.
Also the new curriculum bans teachers from giving tests and exams saying that a lot of time is wasted examining learners and they do not get enough time to study and understand but always rely on cram work to pass exams, however, some teachers are still stuck on the monthly tests yet new curriculum encourages continuous assessment after every topic and they want to monitor and ensure that teachers follow and implement the curriculum as it was intended.
However, the Manager Secondary Department, National Curriculum Development Centre John Okumu Emorut, has said that the ministry has not done enough to support the implementation of the revised curriculum and this has left some schools to continue with the old curriculum and some mixing.
“Many schools are still struggling to get textbooks for senior one and two, both the teachers and the learner’s guide.” Okumu said.
According to him, the government needs to expedite the ICT policy saying that the revised curriculum can be more effective if learners can be able to use the ICT gadgets.