A year later, teachers yet to master new system
SEE ALSO: Chaos in KNUT as school year begins“You cannot use the curriculum designs without the teachers’ handbook. The two go hand in hand and this must be clear to all teachers,” said Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) director Jwan Julius. Dr Jwan said all trained teachers have the capacity to properly interpret the designs, and noted that the ongoing training sessions are only meant to ‘re-orient them’. “Teachers are trained on various ways of teaching, not on what curriculum to base their teaching. Therefore, in training the teachers on CBC, we are not telling them anything they do not already know,” said the director. TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said last year, 106,320 teachers were trained in an exercise that ended in December. The CEO said out of the participants, 7,000 teachers were drawn from special needs education schools while nearly 18,000 teachers were from private schools.
SEE ALSO: Magoha: All pupils will join secondaryIt emerged that the CSOs, whose core mandate is to support teachers, are often diverted to undertake other functions that are not directly linked to curriculum support. Also, the quality assurance staff rarely fulfill their mandate to regularly visit schools to monitor learning progress. The curriculum implementation advisory task force is expected to decide whether teachers will require fresh training or if they will only need to be re-oriented to adapt to the new curriculum. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has suspended certificate training for teachers and adopted diploma level of training. Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the first group of diploma teachers will be admitted to various colleges this year. Pre-service training “For sustainable capacity development of teachers under the CBC, and to improve the quality of education, the government has revised the lowest pre-service teacher training qualification from certificate (P1) to diploma level,” said Prof Magoha. The scrapping of certificate courses is a major statement in the CBC roll-out, whose implementation moved to Grade Four this year. Magoha said the teachers will be trained specifically on how to teach pupils under the CBC, adding that the curriculum for this new level of training had been completed. The CS also directed all universities offering education courses to align teacher training to the needs of the new curriculum. “Every university in Kenya, both public and private, is involved in the CBC. Kenyatta University is first among equals because it was the original university for education and so all institutions are part of this.”
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