In what appears to have been a fit of anger, an incensed Linda Ogutu threw caution to the wind, and broke important journalistic ethical rules.
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Yesterday, after CS Magoha’s strongly worded and unequivocal statement on the Competency Based Curriculum, CBC, Linda Ogutu who is a journalist with KTN, decided to furiously attack the CS on a personal level.
In a dramatic tweet, the Standard Group journalist wrote,
CS Magoha – ‘If there is anything to be printed in public schools, they shd not be printed but be projected’ ……… Sooo ALL public schools have projectors and electricity eeeeh #CBC
The emotional tweet was to mock Magoha, who evidently rubbed her the wrong way with his firm stand on the issue of the CBC.
In his impassioned address, Magoha had said,
“I am going to accept that on issues of digital literacy, there could be a problem and I am directing here that the good teachers that are working in public primary schools, if there is anything to be printed, let it be projected. It will be cheaper for the teacher to capture it and project and cheaper for parents too. Let printing be optional,”
Magoha further defended the CBC roll out and urged parents to make a deliberate choice to spend time with their children and be fully involved in their education.
It is worth noting that a couple of other prominent personalities, though not from the media, also expressed reservations over the program.
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