18,000 teachers will from Monday, November 7 undergo a new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) training, this is according to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
In a circular dated November 30, the teachers’ employer says that the training will start next week and end in December 22, 2020, in preparation for schools reopening in January.
TSC says that the mode of training for the programme will be both face-to-face and virtual.
From 9th to 11th December, training will commence with virtual training of Curriculum Support Officers (CSO) and Early Grade Mathematics Assessment (EGMA) Champions on CBC Mathematics content for Grade 1 to 3. The virtual training will be executed by Microsoft Teams.
On 14th to 16th December, the training will continue with a virtual training of CSO and CBC Champions using Microsoft Teams (regular teachers), as well as the training of Special Needs Education (SNE) CSO and SNE CBC Champions.
Face-to-face training will commence on 17th December with the zonal training of regular teachers.
TSC says that teachers will be trained in small classes of 45-50.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia told Parliament in June that the training of 6,000 Grade 3 and Grade 5 teachers, as well as 12,000 special needs education teachers had been suspended after the government banned all forms of gatherings, as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.
A total of 339,743 teachers had been trained on CBC by April 2020, a training programme organised by the Ministry of Education and TSC.
This programme was, however, disrupted by a section of teachers against the training. TSC responded by sacking 42 teachers, suspended 124 others while issuing warning letters to 30 of them.