THIS IS THE CURRICULUM WHICH WILL BE TAUGHT DURING THE COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING, CBL PROGRAM
The Community-based learning program has officially kicked off with more teachers thronging various TSC sub-county offices for registration to beat the Friday deadline.
In some parts of the country such as Murang’ a and Bungoma counties, some learners have begun attending the lessons with teachers and education officials struggling to maintain social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
MOH officials are also playing a key role in offering the support needed in case learners and/or teachers developed any health complications.
However, in some parts, the exercise is yet to gather momentum. Reports indicate that teachers were only given registration forms to fill their details after which they were told to go home and wait for further direction.
This explains why the Teachers Service Commission has taken it in its stride to give more guidance on the exercise.
The program targets over 10 million learners. All TSC employed teachers will be mapped out and allocated Nyumba Kumi where they will be teaching.
No teacher will be forced to travel to offer community lessons during the pandemic. However, heads of institutions will have to report to their schools at least once a week or when called upon to do so to assist teachers in their venues access teaching materials and to perform other administrative duties.
Teachers are expected to report to their venues daily from Monday to Friday for the exercise. The venues which include various community spaces such as churches and social halls will be identified by the chiefs.
Teachers are expected to engage learners for 4-5 hours after which they will issue a report on the activities carried out to curriculum support officers and sub-county directors of education.
The Commission has further directed teachers to utilize their innovation to capture learners’ attention throughout the sessions.
Proposed learning activities include values, life skills, environmental education, physical activities, education activities, literacy, numeracy, health and fitness, and other academic activities based on the learners’ age and level.
The program will run for an indefinite period since the education ministry has not announced the official reopening dates.
Psychosocial support will also be provided to enable learners to navigate through severe challenges bordering on teen pregnancy, parental loss, sickness, sexual abuse among others.
COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING CURRICULUM
The question many teachers are asking themselves now is what curriculum will be followed to ensure that learners are at par.
This pertinent issue has also been raised by some KUPPET branch secretaries.
According to the latest TSC guidelines, the curriculum for the community- based learning will be posted by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, KICD next week.
This will make planning easier. However, teachers do not have to stick to the curriculum for they will require a lot of innovation to make learning more interesting and expand learning activities.
This curriculum will not be used to cover the syllabus.
SMASE, STEM TRAINING PROGRAMS
Training sessions aimed at enhancing the skills and competencies of the teachers shall continue. They should not be stopped since they will go a long way in enriching the teaching/learning experience.