TSC Lists Categories of Primary & Secondary Teachers Earmarked for Restraining: Biology, Agric, H/Science, SST & PE now Earmarked For Re-Training
The Teachers’ employer, Teachers Service Commission TSC-Kenya has lined up various trainings aimed at horning the skills of practicing teachers in preparation for the complete roll-out of the new Competence-Based Curriculum, CBC.
This is in line with the Government’s Education policy in as far as matters curriculum are concerned.
The Government’s aim is to ensure that all the students become fully equipped with the new prerequisite skills that are needed as per the new Curriculum.
The new 22.214.171.124 curriculum has however proved to be very expensive for the parents due to the many materials that are needed in schools for successful implementation.
While taking their children to schools last week,the parents decried the high cost of CBC textbooks that are damn expensive for most of them owing to the fact that they still need to meet other necessary costs like paying the school fees for their children.
These complaints were immediately addressed by the ministry of education officials who are claiming that the parents have been exaggerating the prices of these textbooks.
Teachers, being at the center of effective curriculum implementation have also been dragged into the debate.
As the implementation process goes on, the teachers too have to be well trained. Currently,the teachers who are yet to be employed by TSC and the counties are applying for the new Diploma upgrade training program.The Government is however yet to provide guidance on their trainings.
TSC is also planning to have some teachers get trained soon in their subjects of specialization.Inorder to make this a reality,the Commission has singled out some specific subjects in both Primary and secondary schools that the teachers will have to be trained in.
Teachers of Agriculture,Home Science,Social Studies and PE have been identified as those who will be considered for the trainings.These teachers should now be psychologically prepared for the trainings that will also include some 110,000 secondary schools teachers.
This means that the above teachers will have to brace for tougher times now that the Education Ministry has revised the academic calendar, clustering terms and reducing holiday breaks.
A report recently released by the Teachers Service Commission already indicates that teachers are already psychologically tormented given the high workload in schools and the limited time allocated for syllabus Coverage.
Besides, these same teachers will be forced to help the Kenya National Examinations Council, Knec to assess KCSE and KCPE candidates’ performance next year now that there will be two major examinations conducted within one year.