The inaugural cohort of Junior Secondary College (JSS) tutors claimed that they had been but to obtain their three-month salaries for the reason that 2023 educational calendar started – highlighting a disaster within the implementation of the Competency-Primarily based Curriculum (CBC).
Schooling stakeholders known as the Ministry of Schooling to intervene within the scenario as the primary time period got here to an finish.
Regardless of the Academics Service Fee’s (TSC) absorption of 36,000 tutors into the challenge to curb the scarcity, some critics argued that the part nonetheless confronted a myriad of challenges for its profitable implementation.
In accordance with Ken Echesa, an training knowledgeable, the 36,000 academics weren’t solely despatched to JSS but additionally to major and excessive colleges thus making it of little significance.
Learners take part in sensible courses beneath the CBC
Whereas breaking down the state of affairs, he famous that Grades 7 and eight had been purported to be taught 14 models however most colleges had solely two tutors posted.
“In JSS, now we have about 14 studying areas and highschool academics are educated to show 2 topics. About 70 p.c of academics deployed had been humanity who principally train historical past and faith, Geography and Kiswahili.
“These tutors are usually not ready to show built-in science that’s Chemistry, Physics and Biology. This tells you that almost all of our academics have gone a full time period with out introducing college students to built-in sciences,” he said.
The disaster got here after the Ministry of Schooling launched a press release on April 14, 2023, indicating that it had launched Free Secondary Schooling (FSE) funds for JSS.
All heads of establishments had been instructed to acknowledge receipt of funds by issuing official college receipts to the Principal Secretary, State Division for Fundamental Schooling for each Tuition and Operation Accounts.
The County Director of Schooling by means of the Sub County Director of Schooling would even be supplied with an allocation of funds dully signed by particular person college students.
Faculties that didn’t acknowledge the funds inside two weeks can be suspended from the funds’ programme.
“JSS could not enter into monetary contracts together with Rent Buy, financial institution loans with out the specific written approval of the Cupboard Secretary consistent with Part 18 of Fourth Schedule of the Fundamental Schooling Act, 2013.
“Each head of the establishment shall be accountable for software and utilisation of funds because the Accounting Officer of the college,” the assertion learn partially.
Schooling Cupboard Secretary Ezekiel Machogu talking earlier than the Parliamentary Schooling Committee on April 13, 2023.
Ministry of Schooling