Teachers Go Back To Class For TPD Modules But TSC To Shoulder Module Expenses, Court Orders

It is bad news for teachers following a court ruling on the case against the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) modules. It is now clear that teachers must return to class.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the TPD modules because it is the responsibility of the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) to design and implement a training program for the benefit of the education sector.

The TSC announced mandatory TPD modules for all teachers last week and teachers have decided to move to court to see if the program has been suspended.

However, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor. The judge ruled that they did not have the power to intervene in the TSC’s constitution.

According to the decision, it hurts the teachers because there is nothing they can do but prepare to return to classes to continue training as instructed by their employer.

In addition, the court ordered the TSC to look for ways to pay for modules instead of teachers paying for the training program.

Last week, the commission said teachers would pay Ksh 6,000 per module.

With things on the ground the only hope left for teachers in their case against TPD is Parliament. The case is being re-assigned to Parliament, where the education committee has been given seven days to decide whether to suspend the training.

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