This past weekend, the ever filthy Engineer Town in Kinangop, Nyandarua County got a fresh new look after a massive clean-up by Grade Three pupils from Kanyugi Primary School.
It took the pupils a remarkable one day to do what cleaners and garbage collectors in the second largest, yet one of the filthiest towns in Nyandarua County are paid for.
Despite it being the one of the county’s top revenue collection points, sanitation and environmental conditions in Engineer Town remain pathetic.
The cleaning by the pupils was part of the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
In the pictures that went viral on social media, leaners were seen using own-made cleaning equipment, attire and protective clothing such as aprons and gloves.
This is the new curriculum In Kenya. We teach our babies how to collect trash in the markets etc. In China, Japan, South Korea, such babies are being taught how to manufacture robots, programming complex machines and manufacturing laptops. Clearly we are a third world. pic.twitter.com/nyNQfCSSPa
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) September 8, 2019
While some saw it as simply teaching children the value of keeping the environment clean, the news didn’t go down very nicely with a section of Kenyans on Twitter, infamously known as “KOT” for their savagery — who sparked a fresh debate on the new “competency based” Kenyan school curriculum.
We sampled a few of the reactions below.
Teaching the children on how to keep their environment clean isn't being a Third World. Community service is something being taught worldwide. Maybe we should be looking for ways to finance proper ware for the kids rather than Judging the system. https://t.co/OnKndBBozx pic.twitter.com/IigfNhe4g8
— kot hacker (@kot_hacker) September 8, 2019
This is my biggest problem with this new education systems. Children in private schools were made to buy the equipement (which is so expensive btw) while the other children had to do this. The playing field is not equal.
CBC is for the financially privileged. https://t.co/g8JaFYQS3J
— Cherr for Cherry👩🏿🎤 (@_cherotich_) September 8, 2019
Competency Based Curriculum, competence in collecting rubbish in markets? Lord Have Mercy https://t.co/y4uHcm2oO2
— Gilbert RK (@RK_Gilbert) September 8, 2019
It's so unfortunate that we can't seem to help ourselves as Africans we don't think to improve our situation we are stuck in this manner of thinking…. Maybe cause we are comfortable with our things are or we are just used to it. https://t.co/JawnGDLias
— Daniel irabor (@Danielirabor3) September 8, 2019
This new curriculum is the reason the west will continue to see us as inferior. We are humiliating ourselves. We are such a backward nation yet people don't think there's anything wrong with this. https://t.co/kVnv6sRjNN
— Bad & Boujee acting Cute 😂(Shi) (@Shikoohz) September 8, 2019
I hate it when we are against evolution, a clean environment is clearly what we need now than ever, you are only talking about something you've go no knowledge of,otherwise ungesomea China na Japan msee https://t.co/hzWbD4MgJX
— ♂ (@Davildavil) September 8, 2019
Inaitwo CBC https://t.co/49PSM7ukAb
— Übermensch (@Trackmann) September 9, 2019
This is absolutely wrong! If we wanted kids to do this sort of learning we wouldn't require schools! This is child labour, let county council workers do their jobs. Kids ought to be learning things that parents can't ordinarily teach them @ProfMagoha you embarrass Griffins https://t.co/sO2tmhqqET
— Lord Gilgamesh the Qara Khan (@LordGilgamesh1) September 9, 2019
Why are children cleaning up our mess, aren't we supposed to be the ones to not create this mess in the first place?
So now grown ups can just create a mess everywhere because someone else will come behind us cleaning this shit up, right?
Isn't that condoning irresponsibility? https://t.co/fBiMDHYWBE
— Alvytana Mavua (@Mavua) September 8, 2019
Grown men & women throw bottles, plastic, trash, banana peels and pee in sewages only for kids to come and clean up.
This stuff can only be seen in sh*thole countries. 💀 https://t.co/OtGi0R6i54
— Michael Mburu (@MichaelMburu_) September 8, 2019
First of all, what is dressing children in sacks meant to "teach" them?
Two, these children's parents pay taxes to the local govt so it can employ people to sweep and clean the streets and public markets. https://t.co/G3GkzjcSFx
— Mr. B (@Benogola) September 8, 2019
I don't have a problem with it. I understand where it was coming from. Those who passed through home science, art and craft or basically saw them from upper classes clearly understands it well. https://t.co/PabEIDiJZC
— #GreatnessMatters ™ (@Gichy_) September 8, 2019
Child abuse at its best the irony in it is that some of us are praising the act terming it skill oriented activity. CBC is a big NO for me .
I'm not boarding https://t.co/wbHtT8jRug
— Wìĺď_ţhõűģhťš (@Whh02541223) September 8, 2019
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