High school teachers to be trained on Competency-Based Curriculum system

Thursday, January 6th, 2022 09:15 | By
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Secretary Dr. Nancy Macharia. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Teachers Service Commission is set to embark on training of secondary school tutors on Competency-Based Curriculum starting April.

Commission Secretary Dr Nancy Macharia, in a statement yesterday, said this is part of preparedness, as the first CBC group, now in Grade Five, will be joining Junior Secondary next year.

“TSC has no other teachers; the in-post teachers must up their game. By April, the commission will be training secondary teachers on CBC.

I urge teachers to familiarise themselves with the CBC since the first CBC cohort will join Junior Secondary in 2023,” said Macharia.

She held that a change in curriculum has altered the role of the teacher, because it should be aligned to the needs of the learners and curriculum. 

Since 2019, TSC has been having a series of CBC training for teachers to prepare them to implement the curriculum. Over 230,000 primary school teachers have so far been trained.

“Teachers are required to use differentiated modes of instruction and assessment for learners to benefit individually and progress meaningfully,” she explained. 

For teachers to meet the needs of 21st century learners, Macharia said they should possess additional skills that include a learner-centered classroom, students as learners, users, and producers of digital content and project-based learning.

“These are the skills that CBC is demanding of teachers, therefore you must enhance your pedagogical skills and content knowledge,” added Macharia.

She also noted that integration of ICT in teaching and learning can help improve teachers’ content delivery and classroom engagement.

She observed that teachers need to be techno-savvy to not only access online educational resources but also to access a whole range of automated services offered by  the commission. 

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