The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced that primary school teachers deployed to junior secondary schools (JSS) will not be included in the upcoming training program, set to commence next week. Approximately 7,400 PTE teachers, who met the qualifications for deployment, were assigned to instruct grade 7 learners in March. However, the TSC has specified that only newly recruited JSS teachers will take part in the training scheduled from October 9th to 13th.
A total of 56,000 Grade 7 teachers will embark on the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and Competency Based Assessment (CBA) training starting next Monday. TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia commended the teachers for their dedication to ensuring CBC compliance alongside their regular teaching duties. She conveyed this during the World Teachers’ Day event at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi.
In a memo dated September 26th, addressed to TSC Regional and County Directors, the Commission outlined the subjects, including language, science, mathematics, humanities, and technical subjects, for training. This training will take place in Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) and other designated county venues.
While the Grade 7 teacher training is scheduled from October 9th to 13th, the training of Master Trainers and Trainer of Trainers (TOTs) has already commenced. Master Trainers from various institutions started their training from October 2nd to 4th at the Kenya Institute of Special Education. These Master Trainers will subsequently train both SNE and regular TOTs.
The training of TOTs will occur from October 6th to 7th in Teacher Training Colleges and selected county venues. TOTs comprise Curriculum Support Officers (CSOs), Teacher Educators (Tutors), TSC Sub county directors, and Ministry of Education quality assurance officers. All participants will engage in face-to-face training.
This training initiative follows TSC’s deployment of 18,000 intern teachers to junior secondary schools in late August and early September. Additionally, Grade 7 learners are slated to commence their national writing assessment in October. KNEC has already provided the assessments for schools to download, print, and administer to learners. The assessments will be conducted from October 2nd to October 26th, 2023.
Subjects for Grade 7 written exams include:
- Social Studies
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Science and Technology
- Kenyan Sign Language
- Integrated Science
- Computer Studies
- Business Studies
- Life Skills Education
- Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education