TSC Announces Mandatory Teachers Training Ahead of CBC Implementation
Teachers will be required to undergo additional training and reeducation from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in order to properly implement the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC).
In a speech on Friday, December 2nd, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said that the commission will use funds allotted to it by the previous administration to help with the process.
“They are already teachers but need to be inducted into what is expected of them,” she stated.
We can use these funds to train the teachers on working with Grade Seven learners. Of course, some have gone through training therefore, retraining will be enough,” she announced.
However, because time before the following term begins in January 2023 is short, the training will be phased.
She praised the government’s plan to employ an additional 30,000 teachers in 2023, saying that this would help alleviate the 68,000-teacher shortage in secondary schools across the country.
She also mentioned that some teachers have prior training and would simply require refresher courses.
“30,000 teachers will go a long way to reduce this deficit. We shall distribute them across all the learning stages from lower primary, junior secondary schools, upper primary, and secondary schools,” Macharia noted.
Specifically, the new administration’s original goal was to hire 58,000 new teachers per year for the first two fiscal years, for a total of 116,000 new teachers.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court sanctioned TSC to implement the teacher education program in September 2022.
This was after a protracted court battle between the teachers’ commission and a petitioner who argued that TSC failed to involve relevant education stakeholders during the launch.
Justice David Nderitu ruled that the petitioner had not shown sufficient proof of a Constitutional breach.