Teachers to undergo CBC training before enrollment in lower secondary » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, April 23 – The Teacher Services Commission says 60,000 teachers will undergo competency-based training (CBC) ahead of lower secondary enrollment in January.

According to general manager Nancy Macharia, the training will begin on Monday and is expected to end on May 13.

“The first phase of this training will involve teachers from public and private secondary schools, including schools with special needs. The goal is to train all 116,024 secondary school teachers by the end of this year, Macharia said.

The TSC boss has confirmed that all 229,292 primary school teachers and teacher training college tutors have been trained on the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

“I want to assure the country that our teachers are well prepared for the rollout of CBC to sixth grade starting this month before they transition to primary school in January,” she said.

She said that the TSC has been allocated Ksh 2.5 billion in the recently read budget which will be used for the recruitment of 5,000 permanent teachers in the next financial year.

“I want to assure the country that the Commission will immediately embark on the teacher recruitment exercise to ensure that they report for work as soon as possible to address the current shortage of teachers in schools,” said the TSC CEO.

She confirmed that the government had allocated 1.2 billion Kenyan shillings to the TSC to hire 6,000 trainees as a stopgap measure to address the shortage of 114,581 teachers in schools.

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“During the impending teacher recruitment exercise, we will place more emphasis on staffing sub-county secondary schools, which admit the bulk of learners,” she said.

She praised teachers for their resilience during the pandemic period as most of them defied the raging effects of COVID-19 to help prepare learners to cover the curriculum.

Furthermore, she appreciated the endorsement of the “Mwalimu Award” by the President, which was previously proposed by the commission to be awarded to high performing teachers, especially those who volunteered during the pandemic.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the President for this incredible honor which clearly demonstrates his appreciation of the role of teachers in the education sector,” she said.

She added: “For all these efforts, the Commission is eternally grateful. Although we are at a loss for words to thank you enough, we will surely turn to our reward policy to continue to appreciate those who excel the most.

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