The virtual training of teachers under the umbrella of Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) has started today and will end on 13th May 2022.
Selected teachers from primary and secondary schools from various sub counties are attending this programme online from 4pm to 5:30pm after being issued with training links.
According to its Director, the programme will enhance teachers skills and creativity in handling mathematics and science subjects.
“SMASE encourages innovation, creativity and participation, removing the wrong notion that the teacher is an island of knowledge,” said CEMASTEA Director
The training was organised by the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA).
CEMASTEA is a public education institution established in the year 2003 to provide and coordinate In-Service Education and Training (INSET) for practicing teachers of Mathematics and Science in Kenya.
The SMASE project was first launched in 1998 with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and scaled up to all counties in 2003 through CEMASTEA.
SMASE project overall goal was to upgrade the capability of young Kenyans in Mathematics and Science and was conceptualized based on a history of poor performance in mathematics and science in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
The project was piloted in nine districts in 1999, expanded to 15 districts in the year 2000 and later extended nationally in the year 2004.
CEMASTEA on the other hand is the successor of the INSET Unit which was located at the former Kenya Science Teachers College (KSTC) that implemented SMASSE project from 1998 to 2003 through In-Service Education and Training (INSET) for teachers.
CEMASTEA continued to implement SMASSE programmes for secondary school teachers until 2008, when the programmes were extended to primary schools.
As a result, SMASSE was changed to strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) to accommodate both primary and secondary school activities.
The secondary and primary teacher capacity development programmes are funded by Ministry of Education and implemented by CEMASTEA.
The centre is also the secretariat of the Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education in Africa (SMASE-Africa) Association which is a continental organization with membership from 26 African countries.
SMASE-Africa was born in 2001 based on recognition that challenges in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science cuts across curricula in the African continent.