Blow To Teachers As Treasury Fails To Budget Sh4.5B For TPD Training.
Teachers may have to pay for their professional development because the government failed to budget Sh4.5 billion to cover the costs.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani announced that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had been allocated Sh294.7 billion, a Sh13 billion increase over last year’s budget.
Mr. Yatani did not say whether the raise would take into account the costs of Teachers Professional Development (TPD) training.
The TPD program is aimed at all registered teachers in Kenya’s public and private institutions.
The country has approximately 750,446 registered teachers. TSC employs 341,760 people out of this total.
Every five years, each teacher is expected to pay Sh6,000 for each module.
Each teacher will be required to take five modules over the course of their teaching career, which will cost around Sh180,000. MPs requested that the government cover the cost of training.
Early indications suggested that Sh2 billion had been set aside for the TPD program.
However, Yatani remained silent on the subject, and unions are now inquiring.
TSC says that technology, global learning, and the potential to impact a diverse range of learning styles are now more important than ever in modern instructional practices, areas that were not as important in the profession’s early years.
The modules will provide an avenue for the development of ethical aspects of teaching, as well as “an opportunity for teachers to network and test new methods of curriculum delivery.”
As a result, this training will take place during school holidays and will be provided by Kenyatta, Mount Kenya, and Riara universities, as well as the Kenya Education Management Institute (Kemi).
Teacher unions had previously urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to recall the performance appraisal tools, claiming that the exercise had caused teachers anxiety.