340,000 teachers to be trained under TOTEMK programme in preparation for CBC
To improve the quality of education in the country, the government is relying on the Training of Trainers for Teacher Education and Management in Kenya (TOTEMK) program.
Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, Principal Secretary in the State Department of University Education and Research, revealed that 340,000 teachers will be trained as the country prepares to phase out the current 8-4-4 education system and transition to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
“Indeed, the TOTEMK Project is quite timely as it seeks to strengthen the teacher education programmes and institutional management in Kenya so as to support the ongoing reforms in the country’s education sector,” said the PS.
Speaking at the conclusion of a three-day workshop for teachers, the PS encouraged participants to share their knowledge with other teachers in order to support the implementation of CBC.
Over 60 participants from more than 60 universities attended the training.
The training, which is a collaboration between the University of Nairobi, Strathmore, and Pwani Universities, aims to support the implementation of a Competency-Based Curriculum and to provide learners with modern technology in teaching and learning through the use of digital tools.
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TOTEMK is a four-year project funded by the Finnish government in collaboration with the University of Helsinki, Laurea University in Finland, the University of Nairobi, Strathmore University, and Pwani University, as well as other government partners. It backs important education reforms being implemented in the country.
He stated that the training comes at an ideal time when institutions of higher learning have embraced online learning, and she is hopeful that the training will boost digital learning practices, particularly after the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted learning and several learning institutions.
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