The new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) emphasizes the importance of students acquiring skills that will help them in their future lives.

This is in contrast to the 8-4-4 system, which focused heavily on exams and the grade a student would achieve.

In embracing and advancing the main goal of the CBC system, teacher Christine Mulekye Mwilu has turned to the use of the TikTok platform to ensure that her students understand what she teaches.

Teacher Christine, as known by her students, works at the Private Primary School of Maramat, located in Ngong area, Kajiado County.

What prompted her to embrace the use of the TikTok platform despite the evils associated with social media networks?

In an exclusive interview with Taifa Dijitali, this teacher says that times have changed, so it’s time for teachers to realize that they are also teaching students of a different generation than previous ones.

“Times have changed. Technology is now the main way to provide education to students. The advent of social media has completely changed the way education is delivered to students,” says Teacher Christine.

According to her, the use of the TikTok platform has brought about unique changes and awareness among her students and fellow teachers, who previously had doubts about whether her efforts would succeed.

“I started using TikTok to teach my students on August 11, 2023. This is after a video was posted on the platform, showing a teacher severely beating and mistreating a young student. The video portrayed teachers in a bad light. It was something that angered me a lot, but it also inspired me to create a way that I could change perceptions about teachers using social media,” she said.

Teacher Christine was born in Kitui County.

She attended Matinyani DEB Primary School. Later, she went to Matinyani Girls High School in the same county. After her secondary education, she joined Kitui Teachers Training College, where she studied teaching from 2012 to 2014.

Since then, she has taught in several schools, and now she has decided to enroll at Mount Kenya University to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree in Geography and Kiswahili.

In her efforts to embrace social media to educate students, it has not been an easy journey.

She says some parents still have old-fashioned views, so they do not understand the importance and meaning of using technology to teach children.

“To avoid this challenge, we have started a special program to educate parents and the entire community about the importance of embracing technology, albeit with caution,” she said.

Her TikTok account is: Teacher Christine. She also uses YouTube, under the same name.

Her call to teachers across the country is to embrace the use of technology to educate students.