TSC trains 163,000 tutors to roll out virtual lessons.
According to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), it has trained 163,000 tutors to deliver virtual lessons that will be scaled up to cover the majority of schools.
The government is testing an online teaching strategy that will provide students with access to quality education even during disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, it has emerged that the ICT for Schools plan necessitates the expansion of internet connectivity. Many schools are not connected.
Teachers from well-staffed schools with better facilities will virtually share their classes with other institutions under the plan, which was announced yesterday.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia stated that the prolonged disruption of learning caused by the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of continuously empowering teachers to respond to emerging trends and challenges.
Due to insufficient facilities and poor internet connectivity, most schools were unable to access online lessons during Covid 19.
According to Macharia, the commission has now accelerated its online teaching and learning, citing the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project, which was launched yesterday.
Mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and English will be live-streamed from the host schools as part of the pilot program, which will target 12 schools.
During the two-month pilot period, live streaming will concentrate on science, math, and English lessons delivered by two primary schools.
Teachers from Alliance Girls High School and Machakos Boys, both well-staffed institutions with better facilities, will share lessons with students from satellite schools in ten counties.
The two national schools are partnered with satellite schools from Isiolo, Kilifi, Bomet, Taita Taveta, Makueni, and Kisii.
According to Macharia, the lessons will be interactive and collaborative via video and sound, and students will have a complete learning experience.
The program is aimed at students in Form Two. Kahi Indimuli, chairman of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association, described the project as a game-changer.
“It provides an opportunity to share knowledge, equipment and apparatus. It is a shared opportunity in learning and teaching approaches,” said Indimuli.
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He did, however, state that schools will require high-speed internet access. However, even as TSC launched the online lessons program, teachers unions maintained that quality teaching also necessitates adequate staffing.
“Counties are not the same. Schools are not the same. We have gaps. Technology cannot replace teachers,” said Knut boss Collins Oyuu.