The statements made by Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa, in which he accuses teachers of using the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) to wipe out chickens from homes, appear to have irked teachers.
Collins Oyuu, general secretary of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), reacted angrily, saying that the comments demeaned teachers and hampered constructive conversation with local communities.
“Our focus is on utterances made by one Didmus Barasa, MP for Kimilili. We feel aggrieved by his words which are disrespectful, demeaning and cast aspersions on teachers,” Oyuu said.
In addition, the unionist cautioned the other parties involved not to make such weighty claims because of the controversy they could cause.
The Secretary-General demanded an apology from the lawmaker, pointing out that the comments presented an unfavorable image of teachers.
“Alluding that due to CBC teachers have consumed all the chickens from the homes, and saying that in the Western region where chicken is regarded highly is regrettable,” Oyuu added.
Furthermore, he stressed the importance of concerned parents and others voicing their opinions to the task force.
“The public must be reminded that KNUT dissented to the roll-out of the said curriculum without the participation of stakeholders. We all know what happened afterward. This is the ultimate price we paid for CBC,” he stated.
“Our members feel embarrassed and looked down upon,” the SG added.
Barasa made the comments after seeing photos of students butchering chickens that went viral when he was at a funeral in Bungoma.
“Learners have slaugtered chicken in the name of an experiment. After the lesson, teachers go home with the chicken,” the MP had remarked.
There is a wide range of opinions regarding the CBC, with some Kenyans urging the government to reconsider enforcing the curriculum’s requirements.
President William Ruto has already promised to create a task office to examine CBC with the intention of conducting a review.
The CBC pioneer class is now in Grade Six, and the candidates will take a national test in December before moving on to Junior Secondary Schools in January 2022.