TSC Refutes Claims That it Intends To Introduce Yellow Uniforms For Teachers, Deletes Tweet In Seconds.
The Teachers Service Commission has refuted claims that it intends to introduce uniforms for teachers across the country.
Some bloggers had alleged that the uniform to be worn by teachers had already been adopted by the teachers' employer and that the idea was awaiting its implementation.
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The refuted reports suggested the uniforms to be worn will include glossy yellow or orange T-shirts and shirts, with green lining on collar and sleeve to give the teachers a new look that could help for efficient monitoring and other work execution practices amongst the TSC’s staff in future.
On its official Twitter account, the commission marked the information as fake.
The TSC has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to implementing some of its strategies, the majority of which have always been geared toward teachers, who are the primary targets for its attainable goals.
Several items have been implemented since the new system was implemented almost six years ago under the leadership of the CEO, Dr Nancy Macharia, and the teacher has always been affected either positively or negatively depending on the prevailing factors for individual teachers.
TSC recently launched TPD which requires mandatory retraining and licensing Of teachers. Teachers will part with about 6 000 shillings every year for a six-year professional training to be issued with a professional teaching certificate apart from what they acquired in university.
The teaching certificate will be renewed after every five years. TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said the aim is to make teaching in the country be run and managed like other professions such as law and engineering.
TSC said it will employ innovative assessment strategies such as reflective journals, portfolios and presentations to carry out the program.
At the end of each successful module teachers will have their teaching certificates renewed after every five years. TSC says teachers who fail to train will have licences revoked
Dr Nancy Macharia stated that the move is intended to improve Kenyan teachers' professional standards as well as keep them up to date on emerging trends in the education sector.
TPD, she explained, is a life-long learning program divided into six hierarchical competency levels, with each level taking five years to complete.
“At the end of each module, successful teachers will have their teaching certificates renewed after every five years,” she said.
Macharia stated that in order to participate in this program, every teacher registered with the commission will be required to identify and register with one of the accredited service providers.
She urged teachers to embrace it, claiming that it benefits them in line with its goals.
Mount Kenya University, Kenyatta University, Riara University, and Kenya Education Management Institute have so far been accredited by the commission to carry out the program.
In 2016, the Commission implemented Performance Contracting for Institutional Heads and Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) for teachers, with the goal of strengthening curriculum implementation and accountability in resource utilization to improve learning outcomes.
Teacher unions had previously urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to recall the performance appraisal tools, claiming that the exercise had caused teachers anxiety.
There were also concerns that the tool could be used to target teachers for promotion and unfairly blame them for poor performance.
Macharia, on the other hand, stated that the quality of education has improved since the implementation of TPAD.
TPD 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).
TSC boss in a statement said that “Professional development is critical in that teachers keep abreast with contemporary teaching methods, what is happening in the sector, and in the rest of the world."
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."
The training centres will be as close to the workstations as possible, and the training will not last more than five working days, though online lessons may last longer if they do not interfere with teachers' core duties.
Furthermore, performance reports should be submitted to TSC in soft copy on or before the 15th of the month following the school holiday.
The refresher course sparked a debate, with the majority of teachers opposing the plan. Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary genearal has already embraced the idea.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) said that if TSC demands that teachers pay for the training, they will refuse to participate.
The national assembly has also castigated the teacher’s service commission for rolling out the teacher professional development (TPD) without consulting the teachers. They demand that TSC bear the course costs, or that a cost-sharing compromise be reached in the worst-case scenario.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nakuru allowed the withdrawal of a notice of motion seeking interim orders barring the implementation of the government program.
According to Justice David Nderitu, parties in the case will file their responses to the petition filed by Joseph Karanja, an education consultant.
The case will be discussed on November 29 to confirm compliance and to determine whether it is necessary to highlight the submissions.
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