Reason Behind TSC’s Disqualification Of P1 Teachers From Employment In Public Schools

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is in the process of equipping the teachers with relevant knowledge as per the competency based curriculum.

Commission sources have confirmed that soon TSC may lay off teachers with certificate qualification from employment of government schools.

Our team understands that no teacher will be employed by TSC in public primary schools without minimum qualification of Diploma.

TSC director of quality assurance, Ruben Nthamburi, said in June that this would enable the implementation of CBC once teachers are employed.

Nthamburi said the TSC evaluation showed that newly employed teachers who have not been trained on CBC find it difficult to teach the new curriculum group.

It is also expected that teachers who take the upgrade will be more likely to secure employment with their TSC, unlike their counterparts who will not.

The current pool of teachers in public schools that teach CBC classes is of certificate competency and undergo continuous retraining during the holidays to be CBC compliant.

According to Nthamburi, the upgradation program training is not the same as the controversial teacher professional development introduced recently.

He explained that the training differs from TPD in that it aims to help unemployed teachers to meet the teaching requirements of CBC.

This will enable them to reach Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education level and at the same level as DPTE graduates.

‘We want to remove inequality. As soon as the teachers complete the upgradation programme, they will be at the diploma level, equalizing their remuneration for the diploma,” Nthamburi said.

It will cost between Sh. 65,000 and Sh. 68,000 for the upgradation program in public teacher training colleges, while private colleges will charge between Sh. 79,000 and Sh. 84,000.

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development was responsible for developing the curriculum design for the upgrade programme.

Upgradation will focus only on equipping the teachers with CBC skills as they have already acquired basic pedagogy.

Machakos TTC, Thogoto TTC in Kiambu, Shanzu TTC in Mombasa, Agoji TTC in Meru, Baringo TTC and Migori TTC are set to offer the upgrade program.

Collins Oyuu, general secretary of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, on Friday backed the resolution to allow P1 teachers to upgrade to diplomas as it would solve the riddle of college closures due to a lack of enough students.

Oyuu further urged the government to partially finance the upgradation program of teachers as some of them had graduated long back and have families, while some have minimum wages which cannot support the upgradation programme. .

“Since some private and public schools earn very little money, they will not be in a position to bear the training cost.

“We urge the government to give them some sponsorship and include them in the Higher Education Loan Board program,” Oyuu said.

The government has suspended the training of primary teachers for nearly two years to allow the phasing out of the P1 certificate curriculum in teacher training colleges and the development of a curriculum for the new diploma course.

The move was to replace P1 with diploma courses, to ensure that teachers are trained as per the needs of the CBC.

According to the CBC Taskforce, pre-service competency based teacher education will provide the education sector with a valuable opportunity to train teachers on the CBC approach.

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