Teachers to undergo training as Community Based Learning set to begin

Teachers to undergo training as Community Based Learning set to begin

TSC employed teachers are set to undergo mandatory training that will equip them with required skills as they look forward to take part in Community Based Learning program.

As of Tuesday yesterday TSC said at least 224,494 teachers had registered for the exercise. Out of this 155,176 are primary school teachers while 69,318 are high school teachers. The deadline for registration has been extended by two more days with the exercise for registration expected to come to an end this Friday.

However Community Based Learning program which was scheduled to kick off starting 12/8/2020 according to a circular by TSC has dragged in many counties even after teachers visited the relevant offices and got registered.

In the circular dated 11/8/2020 TSC said various ministries will take part in the program to help in various capacities. TSC said the ministry of health will help in training teachers on Covid-19.

“Ministry of Health will support the programme by training the teachers on the MOH guidelines and protocols put in place by the Government to contain the spread of Covid-19,” read the circular.

TSC also said orientation and induction of teachers on learner engagement will  be carried out through a multi-agency approach which will include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Health  and the Teachers Service  Commission itself.

The training of teachers is expected to begin tomorrow in most counties as evidenced through messages sent to teachers and seen by Teachers Arena.

“Please you are required to attend a training on Covid-19 starting tomorrow which will help in enhancing skills in readiness for Community Based Learning program. You are therefore required to report at ********** by 8am tomorrow for the exercise,” read a message sent to a teacher by his head teacher.

TSC highlighted some of the roles teachers will play on commencement of the program.

“Teachers will play a pivotal role to ensure the success of the programme. In  this  respect,  teachers  will  be expected to  carry out the following activities:•

1.       Heads  of institutions should be in  school atleast once per week to supervise and monitor the programme.

2.      Utilize  the  Nyumba  Kumi  programme to  ensure that  all  learners participate in the programme.

3.      Set  up a  face to face programme of engaging not  more than  15 learners while strictly observing the Ministry of Health Guidelines and protocols. This engagement should be at least 4 Hours  a day at no charge.

4.      Organize the learners as much as possible  according  to their classes and/or age groups to ensure that the  topics  under discussion are relevant,  suitable and appropriate to the group.

5.      Sensitize and educate the learners on the guidelines and protocols issued  by the  Ministry  of  Health  towards the  containment  of the Covid19  pandemic.

6.      Identify  in  consultation  with  the officials from Ministry  of  Education and Ministry of Interior,  suitable  places like community halls or open spaces where  conducive  environment  may  be created  to  enable learning  to take place within  the community.  Such  places should be well  arranged in  strict  adherence to  the  Guidelines  and Protocols issued  by the Ministry of Health.

7.      Develop   a daily activity  based programme for engaging learners  on life skills and values such as weeding, cultivating, grazing animals, storytelling,  planting,  debating  life  issues,  hygiene and other  related activities.

8.      Provide learning activities in reading and numeracy and other subjects of interest to learners to keep them engaged.

9.      Develop  task-based  activities for  learners to  undertake during the session or while with their parents at home.

10.    Utilize available radio,  television and online content within  the reach of children to make learning  interactive.

11.     Assign reading and exercises to learners for home study.

12.    Conduct remote daily or weekly follow up with  students and parents.

13.    Utilize local  resources during learners’ engagement.

14.    Offer guidance and counselling and psycho-social support to learners.

15.    Monitor  the   progress   and  the  status   of  learners  and  provide information to Curriculum Support Officers.

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