60,000 Teachers Gear up for Training on New Curriculum

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has lined up 60,000 teachers for training on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) ahead of learners set to join junior secondary school next year.

Chief Executive Nancy Macharia said the training targets teachers handling learners in grades 7 to 9 in private, public regular and special needs schools. Dr Macharia said the first level of training will focus on languages, pure sciences, applied sciences, mathematics, humanities and technical subjects.

Field officers were directed to select six teachers per school from the six subject areas for the exercise that will run from April 25 to May 13, 2022. The teachers will be grouped as per their departments. Those teaching pure sciences will be equipped with competencies to teach integrated science, which comprises biology, chemistry, physics and health education.

Training on applied sciences will emphasize on agriculture, home science and computer studies. Under languages, teachers will be retooled to teach English, Kiswahili, Kenya Sign Language, foreign and indigenous languages.

At the same time, training in humanities will focus on social studies, religious studies and life skills. For technical and creative arts, teachers will acquire additional skills in business studies, music, sports and physical education.

Dr Macharia added that the training for sub-county directors, curriculum support officers and tutors from teacher training colleges will run from May 2 to May 6 while that of teachers will be held on May 9 to May 13 at A CBC training session in progress various venues in the counties.

With the pioneer students set to join junior secondary next year at Grade 7 after sitting their summative assessment in December, Dr Macharia said the TSC will ensure teachers are up to the task to meet the demands of the new curriculum. “The TSC has continued to prepare all teachers for the phased implementation of the CBC,” she said.

So far, she said, “we consistently ensured that relevant teachers were trained for all levels including the Grade Six, which will be covered starting next month.” In the last three years, about 229,292 teachers have gone through CBC training and an additional 191,515 will be trained over the next three years.

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