The Teachers Service Commission will begin retraining teachers who will work with Grade 7 students in junior secondary schools.
In a communication dated February 15, 2023, and copied to all TSC regional and county offices, Director of Quality Assurance and Standards Dr. Mugwuku Nthamburi states that the retooling will involve the Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) and Master Trainers, who will give expert support and instruction.
Training Dates for JSS Teachers
From 13th to 19th March ,2023, head teachers and teachers of languages, science, mathematics, the humanities, and technical subjects will attend training sessions that will be conducted face-to-face using the smart cascade model of training.
The training will take place in teacher training colleges (TTCs) and specific locations in counties.
The following will be done to build teacher capacity:
The TOTs will retool teachers for six days while the master trainers provide specialized assistance during the retooling of teachers.
Head teachers will receive face-to-face training for 3 days, and teachers will receive face-to-face training for 6 days.
The exercise will be non-residential for non-ASAL teachers, who will receive reimbursement for their travel expenses, and residential for ASAL instructors, who will receive lodging reimbursement.
Also, it will be a residential program, with housing provided for Special Needs Education (SNE) teachers in ASAL and non-ASAL regions, TOTs, and ordinary instructors.
Each primary school will designate three teachers and the head teacher for retooling, with the following qualifications: head teachers for both regular and SNE, teachers with bachelor’s degrees or diplomas in education who have at least a C+ (plus) average or its equivalent and who teach two subjects, and teachers who have recently been hired for JSS.
JSS Subjects to be retooled in
- Languages – English, Kiswahili, Foreign and Indigenous Languages and Kenya Sign
- Pure Sciences -Integrated Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health
- Applied Sciences- Agriculture, Home science and computer studies
- Humanities – Social Studies (Citizenship, Geography, History) Religious Studies, (CRE, IRE, Hindu, HRE and PPI) and live
- Technical subjects and Creative Arts – Pre vocational and pre career – Business studies, music, sports and physical education Home.
11,192 teachers will be the target participants who received a C+ or above (regular) from all 47 counties, compared to 30,550 teachers who were recruited by TSC in January 2023.
The SNE’s target participants will consist of 196 TOTs and 2,235 elementary school instructors. 22,482 head teachers (regular) from the schools in all 47 counties will attend, while 745 head teachers (SNE) will come from the schools.
67,446 teachers will be trained nationwide, or the whole teaching force.
The three regular teachers for retooling, the head teachers for both regular and SNE, and the teachers from special schools are to be invited by the TSC Directors to the chosen integrated school for the training.
Additionally, they must invite teachers from private schools, remind them of the need to cover travel, meal, and lodging costs, and prepare the best training locations.
To manage the first batch of 1.2 million JSS students who entered Grade Seven, TSC trained 60,000 secondary school teachers on CBC last year. In April 2022, the training got under way.
The training will continue, according to TSC CEO Nancy Macharia, to support all teachers and give them the tools they need to deliver CBC in an efficient manner.
In order to comprehend the curriculum and be able to provide instructional support when the competency-based curriculum was implemented, all field officers and CSOs received training on the CBC.