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It’s all systems go as TSC’s Teacher Professional Development gets High Court nod

In Summary

  • Four institutions of higher learning received green light from TSC to offer the training.
  • Teachers will pay KSh6,000 every year for five years.

The High Court in Nairobi has declined to stop the roll out of the Teachers Service Commission Teacher Professional Development programme.

The in-service training, which was rolled out last month, will see all TSC-registered teachers receive training in five modules over a period of five years.

Justice David Nderitu of the Employment and Labour Court threw out a petition by education consultant Joseph Karanja. Karanja had sought orders to stop the TPD roll-out, saying its unconstitutional.

Public Participation

Citing Article 232 of the Constitution, Karanja claimed that implementation and roll-out of the programme lacked public participation. He claimed that tutors and other educational stakeholders were not involved in the development of the training modules.

Justice Nderitu ruled that Karanja ought to have served the TSC and other parties mentioned in the suit for a hearing by all parties due to the weight of the issue.

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MKU Vice Chancellor Prof. Deogratius Jaganyi. The training is crucial for the 340,000 teachers. PHOTO/JOHN MUCHUCHA

Four institutions were given the greenlight by TSC to offer the TPD courses. These are Riara University, Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University and Kenya Education Management Institute.

Teachers’ Scheme of Service

The TPD programme, introduced in 2018, replaced the schemes of service, which is guiding promotions. This is contained in Section 48 of the TSC Code of Regulations.

All teachers who have a TSC number are required to undertake the training. It’s fee is stated as KSh6,000 every year.


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