Free TPD as training starts in July.

The controversial Teacher Professional Development (TPD) training will continue in July 2022 when schools close.

Though, teachers will no longer pay for the exercise as it used to be. This is after the National Treasury allocated Sh1.16 billion to Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for the TPD training.

In the 2022-2023 budget, the TSC commission had set aside Sh289.37 billion as gross current and capital estimates and Sh7.23 billion for general administration, planning and support services.

The provision comes after pushing and requests by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) through the education and budget committees.

Teachers have been paying Sh6,000 for each module, which are to be done after every five years.

Whereas some of the teachers have been undertaking the course remotely, others have been attending sessions physically.

Kenyatta University (KU), Mount Kenya University (MKU), Riara and Kenya Education Management Institute 9KEMU) are vetted for the training and have been contracted on an annual agreement with an extension option.

There are six modules in the program. The training is conducted during school holidays. 

At the end of each module, teachers will be given some points.

After finishing all the modules, teachers will be entitled for re-certification and promotion since the modules have been anchored in the career progression guidelines.

“I thank Parliament for being a friend of the teachers despite opposition from the executive which has insisted each teacher gathers for the program,” said Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui.

As a member of the education committee, Tonui said teachers will now undergo the training without spending a shilling. 

He said there were worries from teachers who claim they were facing difficulties in getting money to register for the courses.

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