Mandago Tips CBC to Help Transform the Country

The North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) chairman Jackson Mandago has asked parents, teachers, and all stakeholders in the education sector to support the full implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) system.

Mandago, who is also the Uasin Gishu Governor says CBC training focuses on impacting the youth with skills that not only help them be creative but also be self-sustaining.

Speaking in Kapenguria, West Pokot County, during the 5th graduation ceremony of 271 students of West Pokot Teacher’s Training College, the county boss said the North Rift region has lagged behind economically due to the outdated education system – in reference to the 8-4-4.

“West Pokot has gold, cement, and many things that are not yet utilized. This is because the past education system has not trained youths on how to utilize available resources,” Mandago said.

Mandago speaking during West Pokot Teacher’s Training College graduation.

“As teachers and parents let’s all embrace CBC as it trains children to think creatively, design and make things clothes, connect electricity, and be self-sustaining.  This is the kind of training that will transform the country,” he added.

Shortage of teachers

The county boss also expressed the need for teachers’ interests to be taken well care of by the government, describing them as the shapers of the nation, and the pillars of the future.

Concerning the acute shortage of teachers that the country is currently facing, Mandago called on the government to ensure all trained teachers are absorbed by the government.

Graduates of the West Pokot Teacher’s Training College

“The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) must work with other partners in the education sector. They cannot alone make decisions that affect the entire sector,” Mandago added.

Cattle rustling

The NOREB chairman also challenged parents and leaders from the North Rift counties affected by cattle rustling to educate their children as a better way of finding a lasting solution to the recurring problems.

Cases of cattle rustling continue to escalate and negatively impact the development of parts of West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Baringo counties.

But according to Mandago, it is only through education that locals will find better ways of empowerment rather than being confined to cattle rustling and banditry.

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