All TSC Teachers To Apply For Licenses For Teaching
All TSC Teachers To Apply For Licenses For Teaching. Teachers who will not attend the controversial Teacher Professional Development (TPD) training are now parting ways with their jobs.
Teachers in both public and private schools registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) must attend training that is aligned with the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
By completing the TPD training, teachers will then be issued with a teaching certificate, which is a license that allows them to teach.
This license is renewable every five years and is issued only upon receipt of TPD modules.
Each TPD module lasts for five years. There are six modules, which means it will take a teacher thirty years to complete all the modules.
Once the new TSC Act is enacted, all teachers employed by the Commission will be issued with a teaching certificate.
Like engineers, doctors and nurses, teachers will now be required to be licensed before teaching.
The Commission has already started the process of amending the Teachers Service Commission Act to make TPD training mandatory.
The TSC has called for public input on the TSC Amendment Bill 2024, which, if enacted, will see the commission become one of the most powerful constitutional bodies.
Last week the TSC published a call for tenders inviting educational institutions wishing to provide TPD training to teachers to apply by 14 February 2024.
Teachers will continue with TPD training from December 2024 now mandated by the Kenya Kwanza government.
When she appeared before the Parliamentary Education Committee in May, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia explained that given the dynamic teaching environment, teacher professional development is a prerequisite for effective teaching and learning in the classroom.
TPD includes career processes and related systems and policies designed to enable educators (teachers, administrators, and supervisors) to acquire, expand, and deepen their knowledge, skills, and competencies to perform their jobs effectively.
“Professional development is the continuous updating of professional knowledge and the improvement of personal competences throughout a teacher’s life,” she said.
4) The Commission may;
(a) enter into agreements with any institution, body, department or agency of the Government in accordance with its functions and powers set out in this section; and
(b) appoint an agent or appoint a member or employee of the Commission who may enter any educational institution and make inquiry in this regard.
(5) The Commission shall make regulations for the better implementation of the provisions of this section