Teachers Face Mandatory Retraining: Embracing the Competency Based Curriculum

Teachers, it seems like some changes are coming your way. According to a draft report by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER), teachers in primary and secondary schools will need to undergo a one-year retraining to keep up with the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). It’s like a refresher course to get you up to speed on all things CBC.

The task force members believe that this retraining will equip teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle the CBC effectively. After all, the new curriculum has been in implementation for a solid seven years now. It’s time to sharpen those teaching tools and embrace the changes.

There’s a twist though, the training will now be conducted by the Ministry of Education instead of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). It’s like changing the conductor of the education orchestra. The task force envisions this transition happening within a year of adopting the proposals. Change is in the air!

Now, let’s address the elephant in the classroom. What happens if a teacher decides to skip this mandatory retraining? Well, according to the draft report, they won’t be allowed to teach. It’s like forgetting your homework and getting a one-way ticket to detention. So, my dear teachers, make sure you’re present and accounted for during this retooling period.

The report doesn’t mention who will foot the bill for this retraining. Will it be the government’s responsibility or will teachers have to dig into their own pockets? That’s a question yet to be answered. Teachers’ unions have been advocating for government funding, and it remains to be seen how that pans out. Stay tuned!

The task force members discovered that the implementation of the CBC faced challenges, mainly due to inadequate teacher capacity and preparedness. Some stakeholders even labeled the previous CBC trainings conducted by the TSC as “superficial, hurried, and conducted by unqualified trainers.” Ouch! It’s like getting an F on your report card for effort.

To revamp teaching in Kenyan schools, the team has proposed the establishment of a single teaching college called the Kenya Teachers Training College. It’s like creating a powerhouse of educational excellence. All other Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) will become campuses, joining forces under one umbrella. Unity is strength, right?

The report also suggests lowering the entry grade to teacher training colleges in marginalized areas. The exact entry grade is yet to be determined, but it’s like opening doors of opportunity for aspiring teachers from these underserved regions. Education should be accessible to all, no matter where you come from.


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