The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will filter out teachers who consistently perform poorly in the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) training programme.
Sources say that the commission plans to have a sophisticated pool of staff that is well equipped with modern trends in education.
A concept report reveals that TSC has established that most teachers are inadequately trained, while some do not adhere to the prescribed professional standards, which adversely affects academic performance.
Employers of teachers say that recent trends in primary teacher education (PTE) have shown teachers’ weaknesses in ineffective teaching strategies, professional record preparation, poor classroom manager mentoring, inability to handle special needs learners, and weak assessment and feedback. Has revealed skills that require training.
TSC says some schools are not able to analyze key books of account, communicate effectively with teachers and parents, build a sense of shared goals for school improvement, and make poor resource use.
Apart from these, TSC says that content knowledge among most teachers does not achieve the set threshold in English, Maths and Science due to poor content.
It is against this background that TSC is seeking to provide professional training and support to teachers throughout their teaching careers.
TSC started the TPD program on 22nd September 2021 and since then has campaigned for registration for teachers training which will START this year December 2021.
The Commission maintains that there is a statutory mandate through Section 11(e) of the TSC Act 2012 to facilitate professional development for teachers.
All teachers are bound to undertake professional development courses as prescribed by the Commission from time to time,” read the TPD framework.
Despite topdressing service providers tempting teachers to enroll for the programme, the numbers have refused to rise as most teachers have opted to remain absent.
However the latest revelation that teachers who fail their taped tests will have only one chance to sit again has left a section of TSC teachers shaken.
Only successful teachers will be issued TPD marks, transcript and a certificate after the completion of each module. A teacher will be issued a teaching certificate after every five years and only after successfully taking the module.
Those who do not take or fail the module will not be granted a teaching license and may not be authorized to teach.
Each module is made up of five chapters. The contract documents outlines this chapter as an important area of knowledge and skills in a module that informs the development of the learning units. Each chapter will be taken up every year and will cost
“For renewal of teaching certificate, a teacher has to complete 5 chapters of a module and provide documentary evidence at the commencement of the TPD programme.
All in-service teachers will have to obtain a teaching certificate renewable every 5 years, whereas A certificate of registration for subsequent applicants will be issued along with both the certificates,” read the TPD framework.
According to teacher employers, each of the 340,000 in their payroll will have to undertake compulsory vocational courses that will inform their promotion and professional development.
Teachers will pay ksh 6,000 annually for training which takes thirty years. Classroom teachers will take separate modules from senior teachers, mostly institutional leaders and senior staff.
Modules for teachers will include professionalism, pedagogy, competency-based curriculum and assessment, inclusive education practice, comprehensive school health and safety, instructional leadership and financial literacy skills.