The Teachers Service Commission(TSC) may be in for a rude shock as only very few number of teachers have so far registered for the mandatory refresher courses.
According to Basic Education Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Sarah Ruto ,only 20,000 teachers have applied for the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) Programme which aims at equiping tutors with appropriate skills for implementation of the competency based curriculum (CBC).
The three year programme which is set to commence in December 2021 will aid in boosting implementation of CBC in schools.
All serving teachers will be issued with certificates which will expire after 5 years and will only be renewed only after taking the TPD modules.
Speaking at her Chemundu home in Nandi County CAS Ruto noted that inadequacy of skilled teachers slows down the implementation of CBC as earlier planned.
” Teachers are instrumental to the implementation of CBC,and the Ministry of Education’s emphasis for the teachers to go for advanced training is to fasten the roll out of the programme by 2023″ Stated Ruto.
She further urged teachers to look for alternative means of seeking funds to facilitate the mandatory training.
” For now we are urging teachers to exploit the existing funding from NG-CDF and County Bursaries .We know one of the critical challenge is lack of school fees,and we are asking them to just make efforts to acquire training for the benefit of the young generation ” Said Ruto .
According to a report by TSC ,the government through Ministry of Education is targeting 218,000 tutors in both public and private primary schools who already p1 certificates to advance their training to support the CBC roll out.
“Despite the implementation hiccups, we are appealing to parents and guardians to ignore the critics of the CBC and support the programme which will equip the young learners with skills to tackle current challenges” added Ruto.
She added: “Parents should shun the naysayers and pessimists. We are urging education stakeholders, including teachers, to sensitize the communities about the essence of the CBC to debunk any negative attitude bound to derail the programme at expense of the young learners.”
The TPD programme that will be the basis of teachers promotions and professional growth will be taken from Mount Kenya University, Riara University, Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) and Kenyatta University.
Teachers are required to pay Ksh 6,000 yearly the programme for a period of 30 years.