TSC Denies JSS Retooling to 7,400 PTE Teachers
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced that elementary school teachers who were previously allocated to junior secondary school (JSS) will be unable to attend next week’s training. Around 7,400 PTE teachers who were eligible for deployment were assigned to educate 7th graders in March.
The TSC has stated, however, that only newly hired JSS instructors will be able to attend the training from October 9th to October 13th.
Starting next week, 56,000 teachers responsible for 7th-grade students will begin training in competency-based curriculum (CBC) and competency-based assessment (CBA) in 2023. TSC CEO Nancy Macharia praised the teachers for their commitment to implementing the CBC requirements while continuing to teach their normal classes. She expressed her admiration for pre-primary and elementary school teachers who have adopted CBC to educate Kenyan pupils vital core competencies and values.
Macharia made these statements at a World Teachers’ Day event at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, Kenya. As stated in a memo addressed to TSC Regional and County Directors on September 26, the TSC had previously sought training for instructors in language, science, mathematics, humanities, and technical subjects.
In terms of training places, teachers in the seventh grade will be trained at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) and other county locations. Specifically, master trainers and trainers of trainers (TOTs) were trained earlier. From October 2nd to 4th, master trainers from various educational institutions, including TSC, KICD, KNEC, KEMI, CEMASTEA, MOE, KISE, and TTCs, began their training at the Kenya Institute of Special Education.
Following that, standard TOTs such as Curriculum Support Officers (CSOs), Teacher Educators (Tutors), TSC Sub County Directors, and Ministry of Education Quality Assurance Officers will be trained.
TOT training sessions are scheduled for October 6th and 7th at Teacher Training Colleges and other sites across the country. It should be noted that all training will take place in person.
This training endeavor follows the deployment of 18,000 student teachers to junior high schools by TSC at the end of August and beginning of September. Concurrently, a national writing test for 7th graders is scheduled to begin in October. The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has already made the exam materials available to schools for download, printing, and administration to pupils.
The following subjects in 7th grade require written tests, with tests scheduled from October 2nd to October 26th, 2023:
5. Social Studies
6. Visual Arts
7. Performing Arts
8. CRE/IRE/HRE (Religious Education)
9. Science and Technology
10. Kenyan Sign Language
11. Integrated Science
12. Computer Studies
13. Business Studies
14. Life Skills Education
15. Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education