The Ministry of Education has announced new training for secondary school teachers across the country in collaboration with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia told education stakeholders on Tuesday, April 5, that the training was targeted at equipping teachers with abilities in teaching the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) ahead of Grade Six pupils’ transition to Junior High School in 2023.
According to Macharia, the training will benefit 60,000 teachers and will be totally supported by the government for public school teachers.
In April, the commission plans to train 60,000 teachers for Junior Secondary Schools in CBC, which will begin on April 25. “This is right after the KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations have been marked,” she explained.
Furthermore, according to Macharia, teachers will be taught in certain subjects as outlined in the CBC.
“Teachers will be trained in specialized learning areas in languages, pure sciences, applied sciences, mathematics, humanities, and technical subjects,” said the TSC’s head.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, for his part, assured stakeholders that the elections would not disrupt the training, and that his Ministry was committed to ensuring a smooth transition of the pioneer CBC class to High School.
After their national assessment in November 2022, the Grade Six class will move to approved Junior Secondary Schools in January 2023.
Instructors from the Ministry of Education and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development will conduct the training (KICD).
According to Akelo Misori, Secretary-General of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), the training would only be effective if more resources are dedicated to teacher recruitment.
“I hope the government focuses on teacher recruitment so that we can achieve excellent curriculum implementation with a 100 percent transition.
“When it comes to concerns of amenities, I don’t believe we’ve arrived yet. We anticipate advancements in research and technology equipment as a result of CBC “he explained.