The newly instituted Refresher Professional Training (TPD) for teachers is causing uneasiness among over 340,000 teachers across the country
Lessons that would have require teachers to dig deep into their pocket, with many debunking its existence and terming the program definite torture.
This comes after a class of teachers from the National Association of Kenya
Teachers (KNUT) North Rift branch is now claiming that deaf ears of Teachers Service Commission will see them on the streets to vent their frustrations
“Three lakh teachers pay six thousand shillings which is about 1.8 trillion shillings being given to colleges to teach us things that we know.
“About a month ago our employers (TSC) were in Parliament and they told Parliament that the teachers are well trained for CBC. Everyone knows that now they are turning around and saying that we are unskilled.
“We are not opposing teachers on the issue of TPD, in fact, it is welcome
But the way the employer wants to implement it raises a few eyebrows. If we have to be trained then we have to be trained when schools are still running because so are our kids and parents during the holidays or during the holidays. We have kids in boarding schools, we want them to come home and get guidance from their parents because as much as we are teachers, we are parents too. The teachers said.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has officially announced its support for compulsory retraining of teachers, despite strong protests from teachers.
Knott’s Secretary General Collins Oyu reiterated the importance of employer training and development, noting that many false claims surround the recently launched program.
Teachers must undergo at least 30 years of training in the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) module.
“Indeed, teachers are trying to complain just like any other
person. No one knows the effects of COVID-19 even on individual organizations alone. So if they’re giving what they’re giving
It’s time for us to address it. But it can’t be a reason to stand up and say
We are not going to pay. not talking is not the way of conversation
Allow them to address it to us and I’m sure we’ll address it
To the best of his satisfaction, KNUT SG Oyuu said.
The KNUT, which has been so slow to do direct talk in addressing teachers’ issues, has also faltered for being too quick to put a blame spot on teachers.
“What we don’t want is that our teachers take the whole thing on their own. Let’s find the right channel to address these issues and I said we have also chosen this office to run it. It doesn’t stand out to anyone. Having and making a lot of noise on very important issues won’t help. We should sit back and address them with the harmony that it really is.” Ou said.
Refresher curriculum will be a necessity for teachers and will enable
They have to renew their certificate of practice every five years. Teacher’s
One module will be required to be taken over a period of five years, with those beginning their teaching careers now expected to complete five modules over a period of thirty years.
TSC said it will employ innovative assessment strategies such as reflective journals, portfolios and presentations to carry out the programme. Teachers who are successful at the end of each module will have their teaching certificates renewed after every five years.
The commission said that those teachers who fail in the training, their licenses will be cancelled. Makaria said the move is aimed at improving the professional standards of Kenyan teachers as well as keeping them up to date on emerging trends in the education sector.
He urged teachers to adopt it, claiming that it benefits them in line with their goals. Mount Kenya University, Kenyatta University, Riyara University and Kenya Institute of Education Management have been recognized by the Commission for carrying out the program so far.
In 2016, the Commission implemented the Performance Agreement for Institutional Heads and Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) for teachers with the goal of strengthening curriculum implementation and accountability in resource use to improve learning outcomes.
Teachers’ unions had earlier urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to recall the performance evaluation tools, claiming that the practice had worried teachers.
There was also concern that the tool could be used to target teachers for promotions and unfairly blame them for poor performance. Makaria, on the other hand, said that the quality of education has improved since the implementation of TPAD.
The launch of TSC’s TPD module sparked a debate, with most teachers opposing the plan. The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) branches wrote to Secretary General Akelo Missori over the teachers’ rejection of the Teachers’ Professional Development (TPD) module.
He says that TPD training is not an emergency and hence TSC should withdraw it and if it has any significance then consult meetings with concerned stakeholders on best opinion to implement it.
While teachers agree that TSC TPD is a form of employee professional development intended to address gaps normally identified by employers through research, the Migori Kupet branch maintains that it is responsible