Students Snub CS Magoha's Approved Lessons

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    Education CS George Magoha addresses the media at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Education (KICD), Nairobi on Friday May 29, 2020.
  • Learners in both primary and secondary schools have reportedly shunned lessons endorsed by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.

    A report by the Daily Nation on Wednesday, August 5, indicated that most students avoided online content developed by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

    The students preffered getting their content from other platforms including Viuasa Ellimu, Longhorn Publishers and Shupavu 291.

    The Education CS had endorsed the content by KICD highly noting that the institution is an extension of his ministry and that it provided quality content.

    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
    Daily Nation

    Other platforms such as Viusasa have since figured out ways to make the content interesting by hiring real time teachers who answer questions from students.

    The research, conducted  by a local telco, surveyed 24,053 students indicating that more girls were seeking online content than boys.

    The report also indicated that many students disclosed that they accessed the materials using their mothers' phones (46%) than their fathers (17%).

    Another 25% also noted that they accessed the content from their own phones while 5% stated that they borrowed smartphones from their siblings.

    Judging by classes, the report indicated that Form One students were seeking the content the highest at 153,627 followed by Standard Eight learners at 130,916.

    The CS has previously been concerned with poor digital learning coverage for students in public institutions and on Thursday, July 30, confirmed details of a communal learning program targeting students stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The new program would enable students undertake classes in the open, in social halls and other community spaces with teachers on the government payroll leading lessons.

    It is set to begin in September, and has been widely perceived as a shift away from the digital learning program which has left many learners from low-income backgrounds disenfranchised.

    Learners are taken through KICD materials at the Nairobi Show Ground on October 2, 2019