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Having been newly introduced in Kenya, the mandatory TSC Teacher Professional Development courses dubbed TPD can be compared to murky waters that no key stakeholder within the education sector is willing to chat. The Teachers Service Commission has however successfully convinced Parliament to meet the full cost of TPD training starting July 2022. Already 1.16 Billion has been set aside for this purpose.
The above sentiment is founded on the fact that the Parliament recently distanced itself from meeting the cost of TPD refresher modules for Kenyan teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission despite terming the program illegal and dismissing attempts from the teachers’ employer to force teachers to pay for TPD. So where does this leave Kenyan teachers?
In this write-up, our team endeavors to explore the legality and frequently asked questions about Teacher Professional Development courses, TPD.
Who will Meet the Cost of Teacher Professional Development (TPD)?
From the look of things, Kenyan teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission either on an internship or permanent and Pensionable terms may be forced to pay for TPD training after Parliament failed to allocate funds for the training for the 2022-2023 cycle.
What is TPD?
TPD is an acronym for Teacher Professional Development a term that alludes to the refresher modules that TSC employed teachers should undertake during school holidays in four selected institutions.
Who is the target group for TSC TPD courses?
TPD training targets all Kenyan teachers especially those wishing to be employed by the Teachers Service Commission TSC.
Who should Study TPD?
All practicing teachers are now expected to enroll in TPD refresher courses which shall run for the entire teaching service if the program kicks off.
All Teachers who are employed by the Teachers Service Commission are required by the commission to undertake a mandatory training. The teachers service commission had earlier stated all teachers under their umbrella must undertake Teachers Profession Development training before being given promotion.
Teachers were initially required to dig deep into their pockets and part with a fee of six thousand for each module for a period five years, a move which was not welcomed by many teachers and stakeholders. Teachers like other government employees were also affected heavily by Covid 19 pandemic which interferes with the economy of the country.
Latest report indicates that teachers can now undertake the programme with ease after it emerged that the members of the parliament included ksh.6000 in the estimate budget. This will help teachers to offset the burden of paying Ksh.6000.
According to Bomet Central Member of Parliament Ronald Tonui ,” I Thank Parliament for being friend of teachers despite opposition from the executive which has insisted each teacher gathers for the Program”. According to Tonui teachers will now undergo the training without spending shilling.