The current political class has no authority of any kind to change the education system…it must not

The type of education a country will have is the next most important question a country must answer after sorting the number one important question of the type of government it will have. Thus, after a Constitution, the national curriculum is the next most important document in defining the direction the country wishes to take in a couple of generations. It is this significance that convinces me that the current political class, which is incapable of thinking beyond a five year election cycle cannot be entrusted with such a critical undertaking. These guys desecrate everything they touch, and having failed to implement the constitution, they now want to desecrate the curriculum. I will explain why the only thing that can come out of this process under the current regime is another disaster.

Like I have intimated, the national curriculum is the soul of a nation if we take the constitution as its head. What a nation will be, one or two generations from now, is determined by how the nation is educating its children today. A country thus needs a very clear sense of how it wants to look like fifty years from now in order to design a curriculum that will take it there. This vision must lead and guide the curriculum development, not the other way round. Curriculum is a means to an end. You must know what the end is and this end must be typically intergenerational, not a five year election cycle. Curriculum review on a national scale and of the magnitude being proposed thus requires a political leadership with a deep sense of vision and an intergenerational blueprint of where they want the country to be in several generations.

I remember when we were in undergraduate, an education professor from Japan came to give a public lecture on matters curriculum. During question time, someone asked him what he thought about the 8-4-4 system, then a new system with the first University cohort having just joined the University. The professor said that you cannot evaluate the success or failure of an education system before the system has run for at least 50 years, at best, 100. Being an all knowing twenty something year old ‘scholar’ then, I thought that the guy had no better answer and had decided to avoid the question by giving impossible timelines. When you are 21, 50 years is a lot of time let alone 100. After twenty something years of life, many many books later and a modicum of humility, I now know that the professor was right.

The major question we need to ask ourselves is this: Can a political class incapable of seeing beyond a single election cycle be entrusted with a national exercise whose repercussions will directly affect several generations and determine the national character of our nation for decades to come? I have been clear what the problem of our country today is; a political class mired in ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity. Should such a political class be entrusted with such an undertaking?

Curriculum reform demands a very sober discussion that must be founded on a firm long term vision for the country, across generations. How can people incapable of thinking beyond a five year election cycle be entrusted with such a far-reaching and sacred task, affecting who our yet unborn children, are going to become?

This same regime changed the curriculum just about thirty years ago. That we are changing it again after less than 30 years tells you that they didn’t have a long term vision then, neither do they have one now. The current political class from its inception in 1963 is not known to think beyond their immediate interests to hold onto power, look busy and to loot the government coffers.

The current Jubilee administration has no development blueprint beyond 2017. In fact, their so-called manifesto goes up to 2017. When you read it, you realize that curriculum review is not even in it. It means that this is a discussion they collected from somewhere, jumped into it for whatever political mileage they manipulatively think they can get from it, and now they want a new curriculum by 2017, the farthest they can think. The only other claim they have to longevity of planning is the equally amorphous Vision 2030 document, which again is a blueprint they found and haven’t found any need to interrogate it, presumably because 2030 is ‘far’ and they don’t think that far. You do not change a curriculum to meet short term goals and anything less than a generation is a troublingly short time in the life of a country. A curriculum should serve generations, and without an intergenerational development agenda, any attempt to change a national curriculum is at best blind!

The best indicator so far that this curriculum review business by jubilee is an adhoc and haphazard undertaking is the way it collides with their flagship laptops project. This they had promised. They have been telling us that they are developing digital content and training teachers in order to roll out the program starting mid-this year. It means therefore that they are preparing digital content and training teachers based on the current 8-4-4 syllabus, the same one they want to change next year? Does this make sense? Why spend billions of shillings to develop content and train teachers in a syllabus you are going to render redundant six months later? If there was coordination and aforethought on this matter, it would make more sense financially, operationally and educationally to first review the curriculum, then develop digital content for the new curriculum, then develop an ongoing teacher re-training program to roll out the new curriculum under the new digital program. The rolling out of the new curriculum would be boosted by the new digital content and retrained teachers.  By all principles of prudent project management, if they must review the curriculum, then digitizing and training should come AFTER and not before. Otherwise we are looking at billions of shillings going down the drain since once the curriculum is reviewed, new digital content and a new training program must be done, hardly a year after the current one.   But they cannot do this because the current digital project is motivated more by political mileage than educational practice and in jubilee’s world, it must be delivered in the five-year election cycle. Jubilee does not want to do what makes educational and financial sense, it want to do what is politically expedient.

Additionally, jubilee’s intransigence and incompetence has created such a polarized political atmosphere that there can be no consensus on such a matter of national and generational importance. While jubilee has been incompetent, CORD has been equally clueless and chaotic and has hardly offered any sensible alternative to jubilee’s amateur-act. They have proved to be hapless noise-makers and whistle blowers with hardly any viable alternatives. As their jubilee counterparts have said, they have turned opposition into a sport. Had CORD provided superior intellectual engagement, then there would be hope that the process of reviewing the curriculum would have a modicum of respectability. Now, all we have are two hopelessly ethnicized and mediocre political outfits shouting at each other, over a thoroughly disgusted, disillusioned and increasingly angry public. This is not the context in which we should be talking about changing one of the most important processes that will affect yet unborn generations.

They will tell you that they are working with ‘’experts” to overhaul the curriculum. Jubilee and CORD have shown that they will never lack a group of intellectual sycophants willing to pimp their services to the political elite in exchange for money. These are mercenaries, guns for hire who do not have qualms offering quasi-intellectual services to their paymasters.  You do not have to look far to find some pseudo-intellectuals ready to say whatever their tribal warlords want said and sanitize it with a veneer of intellectualism. Jubilee has learnt well from Moi. My reader will recall the KANU professors of the 80s and 90s who penned nauseating intellectual rubbish in support of the KANU dictatorship. Some were even willing to re-interpret history for the benefit of their masters. Therefore any talk of “experts” should not gag objective evaluation of what the ruling class want to do with our curriculum. In any case there is no  expert worth his salt who will advise a government to overhaul and implement a new curriculum within a year. Curriculum review is a very long and arduous process. Review, implementation and institutionalization into curriculum practice are a huge undertaking that would take a considerable amount of time if there is genuine intellectual engagement to make sure we do not end up with another fiasco. A curriculum is not reviewed in a conference by idle political hirelings called ”experts” sitting in Nairobi at the behest of a clueless and cantankerous political class.

Consequently, any attempt by the current political class to change the curriculum is as futile as many of their programs so far and it should be vigorously resisted. They do not have the intellectual, moral or political resources to undertake such a task. This is another disaster in the making which will affect our children and our children’s children for decades to come.

While there is need to update our curriculum, we lack the visionary leadership required to guide such a process and the country is so polarized for us to come up with a curriculum that addresses our present and future challenges. Jubilee must not change the curriculum, if it does, it will be the sole duty of the next administration to stop any curriculum changes proposed and implemented by jubilee. And yes, there will be a new administration in 2017.

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  1. I agree with you impartially, the current political class are short-handed in some aspects of seeing a project through in one voice and solidly. This however in my opinion doesn’t accurately equate to total failure, it’s weakness. Since they stepped in 2013,every move has been as if predetermined way long before they came in, In fact their manifesto is a duplicate of Vision 2030,My thinking is Kibaki lent Jubilee the real technical bench of this Vision as an advisory team to them in exchange he was able safeguard all the interests and agreements he had entered into to make sure that the whole Vision is actualized. The laptops, Land registries,Huduma Centres, Lappset, SGR, Now the Curriculum just says that there is a more technical team and a very wise Advisory mind behind the whole process in this Government. I completely agree that this Government is being held at its throat by Corruption.

    • They can afford to get all the other projects wrong and the most Kenyans will loose is money, probably, time. Getting a revised curriculum wrong, which is what will happen under the current circumstances, will have devastating effects on yet unborn generations. They must not do it.

  2. I totally agree with you Mr Kilonzo Ndegwa, we kenyans are very critical of what we call failures or inactivation on the part of the ruling class. Hardly do I ever hear any suggestions of the best way to do what we say has been done badly or has not been done. The President said it rightly that, criticism without offering solutions is just a political sport. If it is the onus of the government alone to fight corruption, let us assist with ideas. Whistleblowing in parliament the other day, did not help us in any other way apart from us to know that we have no sensible official opposition in parliament that can check the government.

    • Pretty much…projects are evaluated and distributed among the ruling political class based on their opportunity to steal. This is the saddest part about the jubilee coalition. Graft is the common denominator in most of the stuff they do. When you hear a big project, wait for the graft files.

  3. So when you talk of political class you mean the government is the one changing the system? to my understanding there are education experts who advices the government on this issues. just as the constitution we have, was drafted by constitutional experts who gave us a very bad constitution, which created alot of unnecesary political offices.

  4. Politicizing education as this professor is doing is what has retarded our country. It makes one wonder whether ‘professor’ michael wainina is an academic or a CORDed politician who must oppose anything the government tries to do.I second the responses of Charlesson and Eustace.

    • I don’t think that 50.07% is a majority. Secondly they were elected on a tribal ticket and went ahead to confirm so in their appointments. So they disgusted even the 50.07% that elected them thinking that they can think beyond their tribal enclaves. The result has been that their mandate and legitimacy has greatly eroded. I have also explained why they lack the intellectual authority. A curriculum change should not be effected by a regime which has no plans beyond the next general election.

  5. As an educationist, I was of the opinion that the current curriculum needs to be reviewed. However, you have pointed out one and the major fear that I hold; that of short sighted political mileage by jubilee at the expense of gemeaetions to come. It is only prudent that such a serious issue be handled in a very sober way and not as away of scoring short term political goals.

  6. Ati ‘Professor’??? I doubt whether you even went beyond elementary class if you believe it is Uhuru and Ruto who are going to change the curriculum. Kenya has technocrats who are well schooled and who are equal to the task. You actually think if we waited till next year and Raila becomes the president(God forbid) that Raila is going to sit in the panel that will change the curriculum? Nkt6

    • Some proffessors can only teach . Nothing more. Issue of curriculum change is not political. It is technocrats and experts that have come up with thé proposal. It just happens to be during jubilee in govt . Prof wainaina is just a critic trying to make a name for himself. Criticism

    • @george muga..the technocrat will need aguidline in form of bill that is legal created by paliament/ Cs/political class…same experts will b apointed at will of political class by political class.. i like Proff…he is calm and sorber

    • Let me make it very clear. A national curriculum is changed by the political class. The process of changing the curriculum is first and foremost a political one. Technocrats provide the technical and bureaucratic process that give content to a political process. Why else has the curriculum never been overhauled despite many years of calling for the same. Because the political class was not interested.

      I do not understand this Raila thing. Did I mention him anywhere in my article? Mambo ya Raila imetoka wapi?

  7. “Professor” says he “don’t care about Jubilee or CORD” yet he has already stated that ” the current political class, which is incapable of thinking beyond a five year election cycle cannot be entrusted with such a critical undertaking.” Is he contradicting himself and displaying ignorance and insincerity? CORD, Jubilee, URP, ODM, FORD, you name them are political classes. The reformers of education are not a political class. They are professionals. How can a ‘professor’ fail to see that!

  8. Professor, or Dr,can you tell us how long it takes to implement a whole new constitution? Can you stop being like our politicians or the political class you are criticising and tell us relevant clauses of the constitution that have not been implemented.Stop generalizations and be specific armed with relevant clauses of the constitution.

    • Implementing the constitution is not about clauses. There is something called the spirit of the constitution, and then there is the letter. It is possible to give you many examples of transgressions in both. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to the defunct CIC and transition authority. They should know better than me.

    • The international community including German and Britain which have devolved federal systems have lauded Kenya for implementing devolution faster than they did.The government even started giving counties 35% of National budget yet the constitution said 15% so what spirit and letter are you referring to now?

    • Gikenyi Obush the spirit and letter that goes beyond the percentages. As for Britain and Germany, they can say what they like, they are not Kenyans. If they want to know the extent of implementation of the constitution, they should ask us, not tell us. Don’t be too quick to believe foreigners just because they are white.

  9. I personally think that the real issue here is not the system (8-4-4) but rather the curriculum. Let us look at the content of what is taught in class. Methinks it is time we personalized the educational content to address what we really need in this country and not just mere information. Content that focuses on real issues that affect Kenya, and maybe Africa in general. It is time to reintroduce subjects like Agriculture, Art and craft/design and Business studies. These three subjects directly relate to the major GDP earners in our country starting with agriculture at about 80%, the amazing, creative, and talented Kenyans that we have, and lastly the booming entrepreneurship activities all over Kenya. Why did they have to scrub these subjects in the first case? My simple thought is that these pple want to ensure that some sections of the citizens remain dis empowered and poor, thus easy to manipulate by the powerful few, including politicians. It is high time we avoid the gullibility in us, and unite against the real enemy irrespective of tribe, class, gender, region, or religion.

  10. i will differ with you in this because i think the task forse that was working on education was long before this gorvernment .why do you think in the near future we will have a better people?

    • Because we are better people. It is not a question of having better people. Those we have. It is a question of getting those better people in power. To do that we need to retire the current political class, in CORD and Jubilee. They are taking us nowhere and they are the reason the better people keep off politics. They have made it too dirty for any self-respecting intellectual to be involved.

  11. You say you are a professor? Then you must have heard about – probably without understanding – the stages of curriculum development/change. Other than providing funds & other resources, the President & other administrators play no major role. Th President & DP r also highly educated, remember. It wd be embarrassing for a professor to be explained to y th proposed system is better, but I’d gladly tell u for free if u ask.

    • Yes, Michael, I did! I’m surprised u don’t know – or r u trying to be sarcastic? If providing funds is and other resources is everything, and they havent failed to do that, wht’s your trouble? It’s urgent tht we change it save the kids at sch, & we have the best Preident and DP for that right now. Ruto is better that a hundred ‘professors’ like u – I dunno if u actually are one.

  12. Am a product of the 8-4-4 but I support that it be scrapped.Let us revert to the old system of 7-4-2-3 and we reduce the subjects and content of the current system.An education system should not be about passing exams at the end but it should be judged by the skills,attitudes among other attributes it has imparted.Prof,leadership is about wisdom not how learned you are.Most of those driving our economy are not that schooled.

  13. Thanks Professor Michael Wainaina for braving some myopic comments in response to this post. I listened to the President’s advisor on education, Dr. Kilemi Mwiria and I could not help feel great disappointment with the manner in which they are approaching the review of the curriculum. We need to assess the proposals for review with serious foresight, lest we bury the next generation of Kenyans into academic oblivion. If all the elements of the 8-4-4 system were implemented as happened at the beginning, it is a far superior system capable of standing side by side with the best in the world. We need to redefine the actual aims of our education system and follow through with supporting it to full function. And yes, if you take the USA as a template, the curriculum is discussed thoroughly in the parliaments of the various states but eventually harmonized across federally. What did we say are the Aims of the proposed system again?

  14. Newton

    I have found it obsequiously gobbledygook to agree with you Prof, in fact, I have tried my level best to discern and derive sense of sagacity and inspiration from your articles this one included, not even an iota exist, what comes out is leviathan Railaphobia obscured by sugar laced excrescent self-illusion of intellectuality. Ok, while, while your academic excursion should be sufficient exhibition of creativity, decoying altruism in your them assassinates everything and it takes selfless intuitive succinctness to comprehend and thus rebuke.

    As a prof, who proposes to apply his knowledge to impact on his fellow sense malnourished citizens with an aim of nourishing them intellectually, you must eschew these gratuitous phobias of an individual and take the bull by its horns and wrestle it candidly and genuinely. May be I’m twofaced, forgive me though for not trusting you, may be you are doing your best, but on this one I believe you are not ingenuous as I am going to explicate.

    First, to apportion equal and not congruent proportions of culpability of failure of the government to both sides of the political divide is ignorance of noesis of facts as they are, but for intellectually cognizant person as you, I refuse the obliviousness tag, it is deliberate odium against Raila. Why? You and I know that Raila and the 2nd two cord principle have no constitutional responsibility on which the failure of the government should be concatenated to them mutually as to the CORD Mps and Senators as well as governors.

    Yet, you could have been very lechatelierite not to blame cord as a whole and jubilee on the same perimeter. You should have blamed parliament, judiciary and the executive. Raila for a fact is just a citizen just like you and I save for being the cord leader, that’s under the new constitution whose implementation you have severely mentioned. Raila is just a defacto opposition leader.

    Secondly, clasping amorphous jubilee cord political dynamics to this issue is synonymous to attenuating its importance which according to me is egregious enough for you to be chagrinned of yourself; syllabus implementation is purely a government responsibility.

    Third, the failure of the 8-4-4 system is crystal clear that any forward headed observance wouldn’t allow even an iota of its defense especially when such defenses are based on some grandiloquence illusion.

  15. I said so. We need content enhanced otherwise it will be like shifting monkeys from Tsavo to Amboseli.
    844 needed content upgrade but instead art lessons were scrapped off. Upuzi

  16. Prof, you sound more of a politician than an academician and also have no authority to change the curriculum, to be honest with you, I’d prefer and trust the political class to do the work than you, they at least can afford advisors, you can’t.

  17. The comments here show the only thing we learnt in school was the English language. Zero critical thinking. The best system of education is the one that understands the different psychological types and how to meet their learning needs. Trying to fit all in one hasnt worked so far. Don’t ask where it has been in the world. Kenya can be the first.

  18. Newton

    I forgot to demonstrate my disapproval of your disagreement with the way CORD Mps have conducted their business against the government.
    You aver copiously that CORD has been equally clueless and chaotic and has hardly offered any sensible alternative to jubilee’s amateur-act. They have proved to be hapless noise-makers and whistle blowers with hardly any viable alternatives. As their jubilee counterparts have said, they have turned opposition into a sport.
    This in my salubrious opinion is inexplicable fatuity, nescience and self illusioned imaginary knowledge or just deliberate abhorrence of Raila decoyed in CORD.
    This obligates me to reminiscence of a physics class, a unit called Robert hooks law, this law talks of proportionate consistent variance between force and extension of a helical spring, what’s imperative here is the fact that the spring allows that proportionality to be direct until a limit called supple perimeter, if this limit is exceeded, the homogeneous relationship is automatically obliterated.
    This is why I bring the Robert hook analogy, in 2007 when Kibaki rigged himself back to office; ODM had won stupendous seats in parliament, Kibaki’s PNU Just had a “paltry seat” insufficient of forming a government, forcing him to survive on Kalonzo’s betrayal. During the entire period you did not hear of that do fustic, retarded tag christened tyranny of numbers mentioned anywhere in the proximity of ODM. And when ODM had the unparalleled muscle to elect the speaker, they looked beyond party sycophancy, altruism and intelligence was key and they gave us the Impartial Marende.
    Jubilee rigged to have the majority and they declared from the word go they were going to think with their numbers and this was evident when they forced a sycophantic and tribalistic ethnicized and partial Muturi as the speaker, it was evident when they forced vacuous laws to pass and even recently when they bungled Waiguru grilling over NYS thuggery.
    I don’t know under these circumstances, how you expect CORD to act, when the supple perimeter is clearly mutilated, such extreme circumstances have forced people to take bold ruthless and ‘primitive’ measures including the Maji Maji rebellion and even guerrilla wars in the past as well as civil unrest. They still achieved sweet and nutritious fruits.

  19. I love a great discussion any day….for a system to fail a key component must have been failing without correction….in this case the government and teachers/administrators have failed.teachers and school admins are more focused on meanscores than imparting knowledge hence rote learning and cramming(try holding a conversation with some of our education system product …unachoka tu) secondly the government has not addressed the issues brought about with free education hence a teacher doesn’t have time for the challenged learners add to that what they earn and the environment most work in and you have yourself a volatile system and regardless of system the players are the same and failure is a guarantee unless tactics change.
    NB/point of note is as a country we are weak at objectively applying solutions without clouding it with political and tribal affiliations add to that our insatiable appetite for corruption.

  20. Professor Wainaina’s beef with what he calls the “Current Political Class” obfuscates his otherwise high training. Do you Professor Wainaina want Kenya to wait until Jesus brings the perfect “Political Class” with him from On High in his 1000 year Government on Earth after the Second Coming, to change Kenya’s education system? Isorait, isfain, isokei lets all then postpone breathing, and even banal pursuits like calls of nature, until the “Perfect Political Class”, (perhaps the Lord of Poverty?) comes along to wet nurse us!! Hallelujah!!!

  21. I concur with the prof .Why r they trying so hard to change the system while they cant change themselves .Whats so wrong with the system when almost all of them came thro that system? It means all of them are at the wrong places .The govt intoduces policies with haste yet it can never really n sufficiently implement those policies.

  22. … I Posit that:
    Service is a Right, Power is a FIGHT…
    ….and History is sculpted by the VICTORS….
    …that accords them Moral Right…aka MANDATE to tinker with the Curriculum…..
    …for Good or Worse….
    ….they have just managed to Game the system known as ICC…if in doubt call Ocampo and Bensouda….

  23. Big up Prof. The political class must first put its hse in order, this issue requires all stakeholders and be tailarmade to address our current challanges and a the same time aligned with global emerging trends, lets own the process rather than few pple who want to mess up kenya and Kenyans

  24. How can a politician change what he doesn’t understand. What does Duale and Midiwo know about the curriculum. Unfortunately they are the ones who will have a final say on the document by mobilizing their brigade. Who told you 8.4.4 was the problem?the problem is that the so called the ones who want to change it are the ones who commercialized it.Even if we get one made by Angel Gabriel, Kenya sahau.You can’t imagine that the constitution has been mutilated until it is only the cover that is original. Na tukae hivyo hivyo, Man Toro alisema.

  25. This process started back it 2012 & a taskforce composed of education stakeholders came up with the recommendations. it’s not Uhuru changing the education system. 8-4-4 needs to be reviewed though I don’t support what has been proposed

  26. I wonder why your phd always show you our president is a thug amekuibia nini, and since you always against him, I think you should start getting used of the bitter harb, because it is until 2062 , says our votes!

  27. @prof Wainana,to call a duly elected head of state a thug is not disdainful,it is tracherous.H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta was elected by 50%+1 of kenyans without coercion.it is okay to disagree with their policies,bt do so respectfully.

  28. I agree kabisa. While education is the way out of the morass we are in, it requires a much more serious approach.. A total overhaul of our sick mindset. Let them not spend a single shilling of our money in that direction as it will be a waste and will only add more confusion, complications and burden to our children. I’m not convinced one bit these guys can hack it.

    • I write what I like. Thank God we have the freedom to do so. If we didn’t its obvious what would happen to those of us who are free thinkers, if your comment is anything to go by. These are not the KANU days when people were talking in whispers. Although listening to the regime and some of its die hard supporters, you would know that KANU is back.

    • Githinji,you again.y do u worship Uhuru like hez the Kenyan God??we all kno very well that the govt has failed in evrythng,n failure ofthe govt to improve citizens lives is not a prob 2 Uhuru,its for we the people.so if the govt kuldnt prosecute single corrupt individual,can it change the educ system.Kudos proffessor,i appreciate your level of wisdom as a citizen.

  29. If they a bolished agriculture, music, art and craft, history and they are planning to abolish c.r.e and i..r.e what next to they want our kids to learn? Chinese? Yes indeed we are imprisoned by our donors! They dictates to do any evil! Tomorrow maybe they abolish kiswahili and english and force to learn chinese or indian! Wisdom imprisonment!

  30. First, i support your idea that curriculum change is something we should not hurry to do without a clear vision and reason to do so. Secondly, Kenya Vision 2030 document was brought about through thorough and vigorous exercise which involved ‘almost’ all stakeholders in all sectors. It is therefore the responsibility of the current government and all the other governments to come. The current government have tried to implement and have done its part well so far so we can’t start accusing them that they have failed us. Lastly,my take to you Professor Michael is to urge you and many others who are pushing things like you do to try and engage the government one on one. This way i will stop thinking you share something in common with the current opposition because you are not offering any solution to the problem.

  31. Well said my brother,leaders need to understand that Kenyans are more enlightened than never before.At times they forget that we also have a right to air our views as regards changes they want to introduce be it in education or in leadership. Forcing changes on Kenyans is like they want even to measure the air we breath.pls listen to professionals before rushing to announce changes based on political ideology.

  32. You are right Prof. A change in the education system is not something that should be handled casually. This is going to affect generations to come. It has to be taken through rigorous debate, scrutiny and analysis. How can we do that in under one year? Education change should not have political deadlines – it should be driven by the greater good for the country.

  33. any change of education system must be thoroughly debated , analysed and that the new system being introduce should have better quality than the current one & should borrow more from British system, which used to be our colonial masterd even in education.

  34. With professors who think like. we can wait for eternity to get the political class he considers to have the right mindset to change the current educational system. I wish he had tried to be at least a bit objective.

  35. the same pple who want to change the system dont have qualified certificates,they graduate from their homes as they pay money through m-pesa,to get any lever of education they want,they never in class to feel what the poor graduates have yet they serve big officeses in our nation

  36. COMPLAINER!!!!! The good govt is in heaven. En Uhuru is the best man for Kenya. Go run for president in 2017 na uwache tribal jealousy. You like raila too much en his cord. I don’t support any but wacha kucomplain 24/7. Wat have you done yu as a person for Kenya????

  37. Being “professor” doesn’t mean you are God who knows all. You are also not the best. Respect others. There are millions bright Kenyans who think straight en drive Kenya buy whose parents could not afford to educate them for poverty. Leave education reform issues to the experts. En be satisfied if Uhuru is in power, Ruto is in power, or Joshua arap sang is cabinet secretary. A real professor must respect others brains. WAIT EN CAMPAIGN FOR CORD IN 2017, YOU WILL BECOME EDUCATION CS IF RAILA WINS.

    • I am not sure what your point here is. I have disrespected no one. I have the duty to say when thing go wrong and I will continue doing so. When you imagine that by criticizing jubilee am in CORD, it shows how narrow you have made your options. Expand your horizons brother.

  38. Mr Wainaina, conservatism does no harm but for the right reason, pessimism is another lethal vice than prejudgement, 844 has been tested and you know the type of products we have in the society, don’t fear change, as they say it’s inevitable, you can’t question the political class as it’s a reflection of who we are in the society, when they whistle, take it as you a Kenyan who is doing that. Trust them for once as its better to be an innovator than a laggard. The risks are always there.

  39. By the way if jubilee regime is not carefull on how to implement this new curriculum then they are bound to fail and cause alot of disaster in kenya,,,i believe our good proposed curriculum is in the hand of greedy individuals who are just waiting to start ‘eating’ money,,,

  40. Wainaina, so to call you, you are just a hollow apologetic hiding behind a fancy name. Come out of the closet Mr. Ochieng. We all know you have been through no school. You are a simple mtu wa mkono paid a stipend.

  41. Sobriety Says That If 844 Cannot Work Then Lets Go Back To 7423 ~Instead Of Fumbling And Gambling With Lives Of Other People’s Children.Tribalism Is Our Greatest Undoing

  42. They must not be allowed to do it. They should produce evidence that this process is being handled by the sharpest of minds for the good of the country. Remember a curriculum should serve several generations.

  43. Proffessor you concluded how the administration wount form the next goverment…. My school of thought after reading your thesis is either or not we contract intectuals to guide us on changing the 13 subjects on our education system nothing will work for us… Kindly guide further cause you seem to believe everyone is out here to plunder and enrich themselves..

  44. But its not right for you to state categorically that they have no right to change the system. That in itself is dictatorial. You must discuss your views which must be weighed together with other views because nobody monopoly of knowledge, you included. The current system has made thousands of people feel useless because they didn’t attain “good grades” , the only criteria that has been being used to gauge human capability and which is very wrong. People are endowed in so many ways and they just need someone to horn the skills and having an academic mind is only one of the many possibilities. The various exit points in the new system and the fact that we will no longer be obsessed with grades to a point of cheating rampantly as we have seen will make education a better experience than it has been. We treated kids like robot s who are supposed to mint grades and completely disregarded the human aspect. Do not try to mix education with politics at all, that’s where you will fail flat. A kid in std one has no idea about who’s ruling or opposing. All they want is a good education that recognizes that they are diverse human beings with diverse capabilities which the new system plans to address . l have been in the education sector for 22 yrs and l have enough experience to say we need a change. Yes and this government is an elected government and the moral right to do what is right for it’s citizens.

  45. It is a pity that many people cannot discuss issues intelligently. Instead they resort to political and social polemics as the basis of any argument. Just address the issue of 8 4 4. Not about the person who raised it. @Geogito and others

  46. What is not true(and don’t cliché both) about Excel Djemba’s comment telling you:
    – hakuna kitu ya gava hupingi au:
    -wako usukani miaka ishirini ijayo?? #Professormichaelwainaina

  47. Much as I respect your views, we are late in setting the trend to match with the demands of the world. Let not have our kids learn what they will not practise in life.We have taught our children very many irrelevant things. This is the time to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our kids. Give them what they are able to handkle

  48. A true curriculum expert will tell you that the current 8.4.4 system is the best Kenya has had but lack of good will and commercialisation of education, has caused its debacle.Kenyans are very good planners but the worst implementers.We have the new consitution, what change has it created to the ordinary Kenyan.The curriculum will be changed but will we change the implementers?

  49. There is a cartel on set books, and anything anybody can produce that may help students or pupils they stop if it does not benefit them. This is also a majour problem. These cartel might be more keen on oilling their pockets than benefiting the students and pupils. Yes we hear how they frrustrate those who make a living from writing books.

  50. just asking…when is the last time Japan, Korea, the UK, Canada and the US overhaul their respective curricula? 844 can be reviewed to match the emnrrging issues. The same politicians who have been actively killing 844 are here agitating for its overhaul. What can make us believe in them?

  51. Most dons are also atheists, this is a dangerois trend in our unis, you go through hands of people who are telling the creator to go away, how can such a system be blessed? Superpowers that they emulate and worship are falling to their dismay.

  52. Its time this panel that so called pannel that reject whats bad for our students and whats good, put an online portal that anybody can go and check and say, for sure that book was bad, or inferior, than the current one, otherwise, we shall be going round in circles thinking we are moving as a country.

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  54. Professor’s opening statement has a subtle qualifier for those with kin eyes: authority to change. Not to change at all but authority to change? Whose authority? Political class? Why? Because they politicise everything from medicine to infrastructure. He is actually calling for a dialogue to this. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to change a thing simply because you have a political authority. Education system change requires a lot of research and round table inclusion of the past student, current ones, education providers and experts. Infact experts who can study systems from other countries like Malaysia where they insist on STEM curriculum. Here we change…yes…change to what? To whose advantage? Change for the sake of change cannot redeem students from unemployment of failure. There are correlative factors to national success in education. Change for political change is nothing but trading our public intellect for mass imbecility. The government must consult widely before crying wolf without exit and strategy path. People like Professor Michael should be listened to not castigated. After all these intelligesia helps us to understand ideas of nuance and complexity like this one beforehand. Ol’ unto us if we cannot take critique and upper level thinking positively

    • Dawuod Thiong’o kudos.As you say in support of professor Michael Wanaina, we have entrusted education of this country to very ignorant guys in the name of politicians thus leading to what have.Who is going to be involved, how and when?how do you entrust the fate of this country’s education in the hands of ignorant parrots like Duale and Jakoyo Midowo.History has it the Moi university was the first university to have been initiated as a result of 8.4.4 out of the famous presidential working party on the second university in Kenya.Moi by then politicised the university and started bringing guys who had scored D plus from his region in this university and forcing the then vc,prof Odhiambo to take them but the professor stood his ground and resigned.This is how our education was auctioned and it remained so.You can’t change the education system by using the same guys who are ignorant of the challenges Kenyans are facing and continuously misadvise the president.You can have a very good bible but it depends on the preacher and that is the problem Kenya is facing.Guys sitting at Tsc, ministry of education,KNEC etc are only there to eat and they are not updated on the dynamics of the education sector esp on the challenges facing a Turkana child through mt Kenya to the lake basin.Where are the teachers, parents, the students etc in this matter or is a board room matter as we saw in the launch of this taskforce? is it true that 8.4.4 has failed or it is our leaders who have failed Kenyans.Education in Kenya only needs goodwill that will ensure that resources that will enhance practicum lessons and friendly teacher learner ratio but how do we achieve if what we see is diversion of resources due to corruption and meaningless projects? our institutions of higher learning are marred with rampant tribalism and nepotism, do you expect this to change with the new education system?coz the graduates of 7.4.2.3 are the ones holding bigger offices in Kenya and are the most corrupt, tribal and least creative.It is only that the 8.4.4 graduate was not given the same opportunity like them, it is a destiny this graduate never chose.Unfortunately the old archaic graduates are the ones we want to entrust with changing our curriculum.How?guys who have never eaten from the plate of joblessness. How can they be creative and impartial in correcting the messes in our 8.4.4 system?

  55. Dawoud Thiong’o kudos.As you say in support of professor Michael Wanaina, we have entrusted education of this country to very ignorant guys in the name of politicians thus leading to what have.Who is going to be involved, how and when?how do you entrust the fate of this country’s education in the hands of ignorant parrots like Duale and Jakoyo Midowo.History has it the Moi university was the first university to have been initiated as a result of 8.4.4 out of the famous presidential working party on the second university in Kenya.Moi by then politicised the university and started bringing guys who had scored D plus from his region in this university and forcing the then vc,prof Odhiambo to take them but the professor stood his ground and resigned.This is how our education was auctioned and it remained so.You can’t change the education system by using the same guys who are ignorant of the challenges Kenyans are facing and continuously misadvise the president.You can have a very good bible but it depends on the preacher and that is the problem Kenya is facing.Guys sitting at Tsc, ministry of education,KNEC etc are only there to eat and they are not updated on the dynamics of the education sector esp on the challenges facing a Turkana child through mt Kenya to the lake basin.Where are the teachers, parents, the students etc in this matter or is a board room matter as we saw in the launch of this taskforce? is it true that 8.4.4 has failed or it is our leaders who have failed Kenyans.Education in Kenya only needs goodwill that will ensure that resources that will enhance practicum lessons and friendly teacher learner ratio but how do we achieve if what we see is diversion of resources due to corruption and meaningless projects? our institutions of higher learning are marred with rampant tribalism and nepotism, do you expect this to change with the new education system?coz the graduates of 7.4.2.3 are the ones holding bigger offices in Kenya and are the most corrupt, tribal and least creative.It is only that the 8.4.4 graduate was not given the same opportunity like them, it is a destiny this graduate never chose.Unfortunately the old archaic graduates are the ones we want to entrust with changing our curriculum.How?guys who have never eaten from the plate of joblessness. How can they be creative and impartial in correcting the messes in our 8.4.4 system?

    • I have said before that progress in this country will begin by retiring the current political class. I do not believe that this is impossible. I have a lot of regard for the people of Kenya to do it. There are those who say that getting rid of the current political class is not possible. I disagree. It is not a fate we can even begin to court for the country. Sticking with the current political class means the country especially the youth will not make any progress in the foreseeable future.

    • Strategy is what we need to work on once we agree that we need change. I have consistently said that politics about narratives. We need an alternative narrative to the current tribal narrative of the political class. We cannot start on a strategy without an alternative narrative. That is what the presidential candidates who were not acknowledged warlords did in 2013, and failed. The ethnic narrative won.

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