University staff threatens to reject Ruto’s task force recommendations on CBC review over what it termed as exclusion.
Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) has warned to contest the recommendations made by the task force established to assess the competency-based curriculum, Working Party Education Reform (CBC).
President William Ruto was accused by KUSU of committing a blunder by excluding them from the 49-person task team chaired by Professor Raphael Munavu.
Officials from KUSU defended their choice to contest the results by pointing out that the head of state disregarded the Constitution’s mandate for public engagement.
“As a union, we want to remind President Ruto that there is no way he can form such a team to address matters of education and leave out key stakeholders like us,” KUSU secretary general, Charles Mukhwaya lamented.
“As a union, we feel the government of President Ruto did not do any due diligence. The government did not respect the Constitution which clearly dictates that he ought to have involved the public. We as key stakeholders in education expected relevant unions to be represented in the task force,” he added.
Mukhwaya claimed that in addition to KUSU, the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) had also been ignored.
According to KUSU, the vice-chancellors of the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Kenyatta University, Stephen Kiama and Paul Wainaina were not enough to persuade the union that tertiary teachers were adequately represented.
They claimed vice-chancellors cannot claim to speak for their juniors because they have been accused of mismanaging institutions.
He consequently pleaded with Ruto to take quick action and persuade them not to challenge the task group and its findings in court.
Ruto gazetted the Working Party Education Reform on Friday, September 30, paving the way for CBC review. Among the key areas, he tasked the team to evaluate, included the examination system, transition structures, and teachers’ deployment.
He argued that the findings would be implemented to make CBC more affordable and accessible to all students.