As part of the of recommendations of a draft report by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER), TSC employed teachers who wish to continue teaching in primary and secondary schools will have to undergo a one-year mandatory retraining to align them with the demand of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
The team argues that retraining will provide teachers with know-how of handling the CBC that has been in implementation for seven years.
The task force argues that this retraining will equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and expertise to effectively handle the CBC.
In a shift from the previous arrangement, the team proposes that the Ministry of Education take responsibility for conducting the training, instead of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Sources within the task force indicate that, if adopted, the transfer of the training role from the commission to the ministry should take place within one year.
The task force further recommends that the Ministry develop guidelines to ensure that all teachers who graduated before 2023 undergo mandatory retraining to comply with curriculum changes.
According to the proposal, teachers who fail to participate in the mandatory retraining will not be allowed to continue teaching, hence rendering them jobless.
The draft report, however, does not specify whether the government will cover the expenses of the retraining or if teachers will be required to finance it themselves.
This issue has been a point of contention, with teachers’ unions advocating for government funding.
Stakeholders have criticized the training conducted by the TSC for being “superficial, hurried, and conducted by unqualified trainers.” They also pointed out that the trainers from the TSC provided conflicting approaches to interpreting curriculum designs and did not adequately address questions.
As part of the proposal to reform teaching in Kenyan schools, the task force suggests establishing a single teaching college called the Kenya Teachers Training College, with all other Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) becoming it’s campuses.
The report also recommends lowering the entry grade for teacher training colleges in marginalized areas, although the specific grade has not yet been determined.