MUST-READ FOR ALL TSC EMPLOYED TEACHERS: FACTS ABOUT TSC TPD MODULES: PRACTISING TSC TEACHERS MUST PAY FOR AND UNDERTAKE MANDATORY TPD MODULES DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS OR FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION FROM THEIR EMPLOYER
BELOW ARE DETAILS ON THE MANDATORY TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MODULES, TPD, INSTITUTIONS OFFERING THEM AND PENALTIES FOR TSC-EMPLOYED TEACHERS WHO WILL NOT ADHERE TO THE TPD REQUIREMENT
TSC-employed/practising teachers will be required to pay for and undertake mandatory Teacher Professional Development Modules, TPD Modules which will be offered during school holidays.
According to the TSC, this in-service training (refresher programme) is mandatory for all practising teachers employed by the Commission.
Besides, the Commission has already contracted the following tertiary learning institutions to offer the TPD Modules
INSTITUTIONS CONTRACTED BY THE TSC TO OFFER TPD MODULES FOR ALL TSC EMPLOYED TEACHERS
1. Kenyatta University, KU
2. Mount Kenya University, MKU
3. Riara University
4. Kenya Education Management Institute, KEMI
WHAT IS A TPD MODULE AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The term TPD Module is an acronym for Teacher Professional Development modules. A TPD Module is a refresher programme for practising TSC teachers aimed at continuously updating teachers with relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and values applicable to the teaching/ learning process.
The good news is that the TSC will provide all TPD modules online for easier access to all teachers.
According to the Commission, many components of TPD will be accessible through mobile phones.
WHO WILL PAY FOR THE TPD MODULES?
According to the Teachers Service Commission, teachers will meet the training costs of all the TPD Modules.
WHAT PENALTIES WILL TSC-EMPLOYED TEACHERS BE SUBJECTED TO IF THEY DO NOT UNDERTAKE TPD MODULES
WORTH NOTING IS THE FACT THAT TPD MODULES ARE PART OF THE CAREER PROGRESSION GUIDELINES, CPGs. THIS THEREFORE MEANS THAT PRACTISING TSC EMPLOYED TEACHERS MUST UNDERTAKE TPD MODULES.
ANY TEACHER WHO WILL FAIL TO UNDERTAKE THE TPD MODULES AS STIPULATED IN THE CPGs WOULD HAVE VIOLATED THE TSC CODE OF CONDUCT HENCE LEGIBLE FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION FROM THEIR EMPLOYER, TSC.
NOTE: Teachers who will fail after the TPD assessment will have their teaching certificates withdrawn.
HOW LONG DOES A TPD MODULE TAKE?
All teachers will now be forced to undergo Teacher Professional Development Training, TPD Modules six times in their career.
Each TPD module will take five years (5 years).
Training will be done after every 5 years for a maximum period of 30 years that a teacher will be active in his or her career.
Therefore, the type of TPD module to be undertaken will largely depend on the number of years that a teacher has left before attaining the mandatory retirement age for all TSC teachers- 60 years.
A teacher commencing the training will be expected to complete seven sections of Module 1 before being re-certified.
HOW LONG WILL A TPD MODULE TRAINING TAKE
According to the 2018 TSC policy statement, teachers will be trained for about five (5) days during school holidays.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TPD MODULES FOR TSC EMPLOYED (PRACTISING) TEACHERS?
Upon commencement of the TPD programme, a teacher will be given a certificate which is renewable every five years.
Subsequent applicants for the TSC registration certificate will be issued with both certificates after starting the training.
After completing all TPD modules, teachers will be eligible for re-certification and TSC promotions.