The Education cabinet secretary George Magoha on Tuesday 14th September urged all schools to do away with printing materials and embrace on the use of computers.
The CS argued that projectors will significantly reduce costs since it will be easier and cheaper for both teachers and parents.
He added that digital literacy challenges being faced in the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) will soon be addressed.
In a statement magoha said,“I am going to accept that on issues of digital literacy, there could be a problem and I am directing here that the good teachers that are working in public primary schools, if there is anything to be printed, let it be projected. It will be cheaper for the teacher to capture it and project and cheaper for parents too. Let printing be optional.”
The cabinet secretary also urged parents to spend more time with their children’s education since it would greatly help in the CBC roll out.
“CBC is telling every parent to make a choice to spend time with their children. It should be a pleasure. Every parent is intelligent. They must engage their children whether they like it or not because that is why they are behaving the way they are behaving nowadays. The wisdom is in the brain not in school,” stated Magoha.
He made these sentiments while attending a meeting between the Kenya Editors Guild and the Ministry of Education officials. This meeting was meant to address issues raised by education stakeholders such as parents.
Equally, a number of parents have been complaining about the Competency Based Curriculum, arguing that they are doing too much homework for their children courtesy of this new curriculum.
Others have been complaining that the CBC is too expensive given the number of print materials and extra books.