Online Lessons Not Replacing teachers – TSC Boss Nancy Macharia
Ms Macharia stated that the program is not intended to replace teachers in schools, but rather to help address the acute shortage of teachers in institutions.
“This event opens a new chapter in our efforts to revolutionise the teaching profession as we seek to better utilise our scarce teacher resource,” said Ms Macharia during the launch of the program.
Ms Macharia stated that the initiative will reduce the impact of teacher shortages in schools and improve learners’ performance due to increased syllabus coverage.
The project is part of the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (Seqip), which is being carried out by the World Bank and the TSC in 110 sub-counties across 30 counties, beginning in Asals.
The regions bear the brunt of the teacher shortage, owing to a hostile environment, a lack of social amenities, and, in some cases, insecurity.
Some schools have only one teacher for each subject, which is a major hindrance to effective teaching.
counties picked for the pilot
Some of the counties picked for the pilot are:
- Taita Taveta,
- Makueni, and
The satellite schools include:
- Kiwandani Mixed Day school
- Bishop Baldacchino mixed school in Kilifi,
- Kurongurik mixed secondary school in Narok,
- Kipkuror mixed school in Bomet,
- Suguta Girls secondary in Kisii,
- Isiolo Girls,
- AIC Kavalula mixed in Machakos,
- Collins Davis mixed in Kajiado,
- AIC Muthingini Girls in Makueni and
- Njoro mixed high school in Taita Taveta.
TSC boss stated that the initiative will boost learners’ self-esteem in disadvantaged areas, promote retention and transition rates in target counties and sub-counties, and lay the groundwork for the successful expansion of live streaming of lessons to other schools across the country.
“We aim to focus on integrating ICT in teaching, identifying other approaches in curriculum delivery, and addressing disparities in teacher distribution at all levels,” she said.
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Currently, the government, through the Ministry of ICT, plans to connect approximately 8,000 schools to the government’s fiber optic network as part of the Last-Mile Internet Connectivity initiative.
The TSC’s ceo urged the government to consider expanding the project to include more schools.