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“We are training sewer cleaners” — Photos of school children doing community work in dirty Nyandarua town spark fresh debate on new curriculum

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.

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.

What’s your opinion on the new Kenyan CBC? Tell us in the comments section.


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