The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will start training of teachers who will teach junior secondary school (JSS) next year.
The retooling will start in January next year. The Commission targets to train a total of 116,024 teachers in preparation for January roll out of grade 7 classes.
Already 60,000 secondary school teachers were trained on Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). The training of teachers on junior secondary happened in May this year.
The upcoming training of Grade 7 teachers will involve many primary school teachers.
This is after the announcement that all Grade 6 learners who completed their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will transition to Junior secondary schools domiciled in the existing primary schools.
TSC has already started an audit of primary school teachers who have degree, diploma and TPD certificates to teach in junior secondary.
The State House Spokesperson, Hussein Mohammed, said TSC will work with Ministry of Education and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on how training of Grade 7 teachers will be done.
“The Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the Teachers Service Commission will work on modalities of fast-tracking retooling teachers to ensure the country has sufficient numbers who are compliant with CBC. Priority will be given to those teachers who will be handling Grade Seven learners,” said the State House spokesperson.
The target group for the training will be all the teachers handling grades 7, 8 and 9 from both public (regular and SNE) and private schools.
The Commission targets to train teachers on Languages, Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Technical subjects.
The training of Grade 7 teachers will involve these subjects and areas offered in junior secondary school section.
i. Languages – English, Kiswahili, Foreign and Indigenous Languages and Kenya Sign Language.
ii. Pure Sciences -Integrated Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health Education.
iii. Applied Sciences – Agriculture, Home science and computer studies
iv. Humanities – Social Studies (Citizenship, Geography, History) Religious Studies, (CRE, IRE, Hindu, HRE and PPI) and live skills.
v. Technical subjects and Creative Arts – Pre vocational and pre career Business studies, music, sports and physical education Home science.