TSC: Teachers have two days to register for the community-based program
The Teachers Service Commission has extended the registration deadline for all TSC employed teachers to enable them register for the upcoming community-based learning program.
In its latest communication, the Commission expects all teachers employed on permanent and pensionable terms as well as those on internship terms to submit their details by Friday.
This follows concerns raised by some heads about the delay in information flow.
School heads complained that they are currently busy collecting data for teachers employed by school management boards.
Besides, the circular by TSC got dispatched a bit late.
They therefore requested for an extension of the deadline to allow them inform the teachers in their schools of the same.
In the latest circular, the Teachers Service Commission, TSC directed all TSC-employed teachers to submit their details to the Curriculum Support Officers and Sub-County education directors within their current residences by Wednesday August 12, 2020.
Teachers are kindly requested to adhere to the set deadlines and guidelines to engage learners who are currently idle in a constructive manner.
TSC Circular on Community-Based Learning
In a circular dated 11 August, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia has detailedly outlined guidelines that will guide teachers in carrying out community-based learning.
“All teachers employed by the Commission are directed to register with the Curriculum Support Officers and Sub County Directors within Zones and Sub-County where they are currently staying in by 12th August 2020 with a view to undertaking community-based learning which has been identified as a means of engaging learners during the current period when schools are closed as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic,” stated TSC boss Nancy Macharia.
Teachers to undergo orientation and/or induction on Community- Based learning
Orientation and/or induction of teachers on learner engagement will be carried out through a multi-agency approach (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Health, and the Teachers Service Commission).
The community-based learning program will be coordinated jointly with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Health, and the Teachers Service Commission.
Role of Teachers in Community Based Learning(Nyumba Kumi Learning)
Teachers will play a pivotal role to ensure the success of the program. In this respect, teachers will be expected to carry out the following activities:
Heads of institutions should be in school at least once per week to supervise and monitor the program.
Utilize the Nyumba Kumi program to ensure that all learners participate in the program.
Set up a face to face program of engaging not more than 15 learners while strictly observing the Ministry of Health Guidelines and protocols. This engagement should be at least 4 hours a day at no charge.
Organize the learners as much as possible according to their classes and/or age groups to ensure that the topics under discussion are relevant, suitable, and appropriate to the group.
Sensitize and educate the learners on the guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health towards the containment of the Covid–19 pandemic.
Identify in consultation with the officials from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Interior, suitable places like community halls or open spaces where a conducive environment may be created to enable learning to take place within the community. Such places should be well arranged in strict adherence to the Guidelines and Protocols issued by the Ministry of Health.
Develop a daily activity-based program for engaging learners on life skills and values such as weeding, cultivating, grazing animals, storytelling, planting, debating life issues, hygiene, and other related activities.
Provide learning activities in reading and numeracy and other subjects of interest to learners to keep them engaged.
Develop task-based activities for learners to undertake during the session or while with their parents at home.
Utilize available radio, television, and online content within the reach of children to make learning interactive.
Assign reading and exercises to learners for home study.
Conduct remote daily or weekly follow up with students and parents.
Utilize local resources during the learners‘ engagement.
Offer guidance and counseling and psychosocial support to learners.
Monitor the progress and the status of learners and provide information to Curriculum Support Officers.
Code of Regulations for teachers and Code of conduct and Ethics for Teachers shall prevail.