All Teachers to Commence a One-Year Mandatory CBC Training From April 2024
All Teachers to Commence a One-Year Mandatory CBC Training From April 2024. All teachers who have registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) must retake a refresher course to keep up with the changes in Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
A one-year mandatory training program in schools will begin in April 2024. However, it is unclear who will foot the bill for the training—the government or the teachers.
This is one of the recommendations in a draft report handed to President William Ruto at the State House yesterday by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER).
Ruto has already implemented the recommendations of the Education Reforms Taskforce.
The panel emphasized that retraining educators on the curriculum changes was critical. The training is expected to last a year.
“The Ministry of Education to develop guidelines on how all teachers who graduated before 2023 undergo a mandatory one-year retooling and upgrading programme for compliance with the curriculum change,” one section of the recommendation stated.
Professor Raphael Munavu, who led the force, directed that substantial Faculty Staff programs be developed as a forerunner to competency-based teacher training in order to complete the retooling process.
In an effort to boost both the amount and quality of teachers entering the sector, the task force also proposed C (plain) as the minimum grade for candidates to pre-service teacher school.
To be eligible for the Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education, a person must have received a C (Plain) on their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam or the SS equivalent.
A C (plain) is required for the Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education, the Diploma in Special Needs Education, and the Diploma in Technical Teacher Education.
Kenya Teacher Training College (KeTTC) will be established to administer all pre-service teacher training institutes (TTCs) as campuses. Create a system to ensure the best use and distribution of resources was added to the list of recommendations.
“The Ministry of Education will establish the Kenya School of Teacher and Education Management (KeSTEM) as a corporate entity to coordinate all in-service programs for institutional directors and education executives.” KeSTEM will also provide professional development for teachers utilizing tools given by Kenya Teacher Training Colleges (KeTTC).
The University Senates, however, will continue to set admission standards for Bachelor of Education degree programs.
The Teachers Service Commission, on the other hand, will offer all education graduates the opportunity to participate in a mandatory one-year internship program following the completion of pre-service training.
Since its inception during former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, CBC has had various challenges, including a lack of instructors for the Junior Secondary (JS) sector and a mediocre salary structure. After going without salary since January, JS teachers were not paid until June.
According to press sources from the end of July 2023, about 60,000 eligible primary school teachers had not yet applied for a post teaching junior secondary.
TSC hired 8,000 primary school teachers out of the 30,000 total.