If the recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms are approved, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will hire pastors and Imams to work in schools.
According to the report presented to President William Ruto on Tuesday, August 1, stakeholders in the education sector highlighted the need to create awareness about value-based education (VbE).
The committee suggested attaining this goal by including all school community members, integrating values across all learning areas, and designing and implementing formal chaplaincy programs in schools.
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The proposed change would see the Ministry of Education (MoE) tasked with creating formalized chaplaincy (religious and moral) and counselling guidelines and programs.
The task force did not provide information about the required academic credentials for pastors and imams to be hired by TSC. Moreover, there was no mention of the religious leaders earmarked for the roles.
The curriculum will be developed through a cooperative effort between the Ministry of Education, faith-based organizations, and professional counselling agencies.
“TSC shall employ and deploy teachers as chaplains/imams in schools, and the chaplains/imams can be shared between schools,” PWPER recommended.
TSC will also be entrusted with ensuring that all students’ religious rights are protected in the classroom.
“A provision on facilitation of religious rights of learners in schools including the sponsored schools should be included in the Basic Education Act,” reads part of the report.
The report further suggested making it the responsibility of the Education Cabinet Secretary to hold consultative forums with all religious organizations in the country.
According to the report, the plan’s goal is to draft regulations protecting all students’ religious freedom in public primary and secondary schools.