The Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced fresh training for secondary school teachers across the country.
Addressing education stakeholders on Tuesday, April 5, TSC boss, Nancy Macharia, stated that the training was aimed at equipping teachers with skills in teaching the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) ahead of the transition of Grade Six students to Junior High School in 2023.
Macharia noted that the training will target 60,000 teachers and will be fully funded by the government for teachers in public schools.
“The commission has planned for 60,000 teachers in April to prepare them for Junior Secondary Schools in CBC with effect from April 25. This is immediately after the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations,” she stated.
Additionally, Macharia disclosed that the teachers will be trained on specific subjects as stipulated in the CBC.
“Teachers will be trained in specific learning areas in languages, pure sciences, applied sciences, mathematics, humanities, and technical subjects,” the TSC boss divulged.
On his part, Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, assured the stakeholders that the elections will not interfere with the training, adding that his Ministry was determined to ensure a smooth transition of the pioneer CBC class to High School.
The Grade Six class will move to select Junior Secondary Schools in January 2023 after their national assessment in November 2022.
The training will be done by instructors from the Ministry of Education and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
However, according to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary-General, Akelo Misori, the training will only be effective if more resources are allocated to the recruitment of teachers.
“I wish the government can focus on the employment of teachers so that we can realise the effective implementation of the curriculum with the 100 per cent transition.
“When it comes to issues to do with facilities, I do not think that we are there yet. With CBC we expect improvement in science and technological equipment,” he stated.