Why TSC Is Changing Teachers Training, Hiring Qualifications.
The new entry requirements for the teaching profession have sparked heated debate, with tutors urging their employers to consult with stakeholders before implementing them.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has issued a statement explaining why radical changes to teachers’ training and qualifications are being implemented.
Teachers intending to teach in secondary schools will need to have at least a mean grade of C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, according to the revised system. In the target teaching subjects, the same grade should be recorded.
The entry grade for diploma primary school teachers is C in KCSE exams and the same grade in the subjects to be taught.
TSC Deputy Staffing Director Antonina Lentojioni justified the new policy by stating that it would ensure quality teaching.
“It is not a popular decision but it will ensure the right people join the profession,” Lentonjioni stated.
She added, “these people have the ability to learn the subject content and can easily get pedagogical skills.”
This new program provides newly trained teachers with a one-year contract to gain classroom experience before being fully absorbed into full-time practice by TSC.
“He or she gets a year of supervised teaching, is guided, and gets job support for better placement in the market. Experience is the best teacher,” Lentojioni noted.
“We are promoting practical experience that sharpens the skills, knowledge, and attitude of teachers. Schools will be receiving professionals that are not directly from college.”
The revised policy was implemented in 2020, and so far, 10,300 interns have been assigned to schools in 2020, with the figure expected to rise to 12,000 in 2021.
Aside from the new policy, the TSC Deputy Staffing Director stated that 6,000 new teachers will report to schools across the country in January 2022.
She, on the other hand, complained that the number is insufficient for the current Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) system.
“For quality learning, teachers need to be in classrooms. The teacher shortage is growing but the commission is doing all it can to address this challenge,” Lentojioni stated.
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So far, TSC has trained over 229,000 primary school teachers for the new CBC system, as well as 22,000 secondary teachers through school-based support system programs in English, mathematics, and science, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education led by Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha.
However, in order to ensure a smooth transition, TSC stated that it is currently working with the national government to obtain funds for hiring more teachers and interns to address the shortage.