Teachers Asked to Upgrade Towards Education Reforms
Teachers Asked to Upgrade Towards Education Reforms. The government has called on teachers nationwide to join the education reforms and stressed the need to keep up with the changes in the sector. Salome Maina, Director of Teacher Education at the Directorate of Teacher Education, addressed practicing teachers with certificates of primary school teacher education and early childhood education and advised them to improve in line with the reforms, specifically the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
Speaking at the 20th graduation ceremony of the International Teaching and Training Center in Isinya, Kajiado, Maina stressed the need for teachers to have at least a diploma in the subjects they teach in line with ongoing reforms. She urged those with PTE and ECDE certificates to complete a one-year diploma upgrade course to ensure compliance with the CBC.
Maina further emphasized the importance of teachers registering with the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) and adopting the competencies expected of 21st century educators. She highlighted the availability of relevant policy documents on the Ministry and TSC websites, citing the TSC Act (2012) and the TSC Code of Regulations for Teachers (2015), which empower the Commission to maintain the Teacher Register.
The principal expressed pride in the graduates and acknowledged their role in addressing the shortcomings in the country’s education system, including teacher shortages. Maina also highlighted the government’s commitment to providing equal learning opportunities for all Kenyans and acknowledged the key role played by private institutions in supplementing educational efforts.
She called for a clear public-private partnership to ensure that education from private institutions is in line with government standards.