The Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) has confirmed they are in line to support mandatory retraining of teachers.
This is despite opposition from a number of teachers on the training that www launched by the Teachers Service Commission last month.
Collins Oyuu, the Knut secretary-general on Tuesday reiterated the need for employer training and development noting a lot of false claims have surrounded the recently launched program.
Instead, Oyuu has challenged TSC to provide information on the retraining program to quiet the ongoing opposition.
“There’s a lot that is being said about the teacher professional development some say that the teachers will be required to travel for the training, this is not entirely true,” Oyuu said.
He has called for stakeholder engagement and for the Teachers Service Commission to iron out the issues raised over the program.
Under the training, teachers in public schools will now be required to renew their professional certificates after every five years.
The teachers, in the new policy, will be required to undertake in-service professional training lasting for five years upon which they will get their certificates renewed.
At the end of each module, teachers will be given a number of points yet to be made public.
The professional development will run for 30 years and has six modules each lasting five years.
Teachers will be required to pay Sh6,000 for each year and the training will be conducted during holidays.
Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Riara and Kenya Education Management Institute will be responsible for the training.
Teacher Professional Development (TPD) OBJECTIVE
The overall objective of the TPD is to improve learning outcomes in Kenyan schools by:
(i) Institutionalizing a culture of life-long learning of teachers and instructional leaders
(ii) promoting institution-based professional learning practices;
(iii) Equipping teachers and instructional leaders with 21st century skills;
(iv) Building capacity for teachers and instructional leaders’ competencies in creating supportive, safe and healthy learning environments.