TSC launches community based learning officially effective 12/8/2020

TSC launches community based learning officially effective 12/8/2020


Following extensive  consultations with  all  stakeholders  in  the  Education  sector on community-based  learning as  a  means of engaging learners during the current period of Covid  19  pandemic,  the  Commission  has  directed  that  all  teachers  under  its employment shall undertake community-based learning Programme without charging parents with  effect  from  12″ August,  2020  until  further notice.

The objective of the programme is  to engage  learners in  productive activities with a view to acquiring basic  knowledge  related  to the pandemic and  other practical  life skills.

To  enable smooth  running  of the  programme,  the  Commission  has  developed a detailed  Guidelines to facilitate  the roll out the programme in close consultation with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Ministry of Health.

You are expected to work  seamlessly  as a team and put  in  place strategies  to coordinate,  monitor and supervise  the teaching and learning at  the Sub  County and zonal level. Attached  hereto  is  a  copy of the Guidelines  for your reference and record


1. Mapping of teachers within their localities and communities.

1.1     All  teachers employed  by the  Commission are directed to register  with the Curriculum Support Officers and Sub County Directors within Zones and Sub-County where they are currently  staying in  by 12″ August 2020  with  a view  to undertaking community based learning  which has been identified as a means of engaging learners during the current period when schools are closed as a  result of the Covid  19 pandemic.

1.2    This programme will be coordinated jointly with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Health and the Teachers Service Commission.

1.3    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:•

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

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

1.3.3      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.

1.3.4      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.

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

1.3.6      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.

1.3.7      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.

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

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

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

1.3.11     Assign reading and exercises to learners for home study.

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

1.3.13    Utilize local  resources during learners’ engagement.

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

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

1.3.16    Code of regulations for teachers and Code of conduct and Ethics for Teachers shall prevail.

2.  Coordination,  management and monitoring of the programme

2.1     The  co-ordination,   management,   monitoring   and  evaluation   of  the programme will be done in the following manner:  –

2.1.1      In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Teachers Service Commission will coordinate and supervise the implementation of the programme.

2.1.2      The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government will monitor and ensure that no  learner fails to participate in the programme within their jurisdiction.

2.1.3  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

2.2     Orientation and/or induction of teachers on learner engagement will  be carried out through a  multi-agency approach (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Health  and the Teachers Service  Commission)

3.  Enhancing engagement in online teaching

Inorder to enhance engagement on online teaching  teachers should carry out the following activities:

Make Learning as interactive as possible

3.1      Emphasis should be placed on modern pedagogical  practices, like group work, peer feedback and blended or ‘flipped’ learning. These activities can be conducted  online and may help to extend  students’ attention spans.

Communicating the learning expectations to learners

3.2    There is need to have learners understand the learning expectations as there are many factors that can affect engagement in  teaching  from home situations (students may be living with family members who impact engagement) to technology problems (students may have older technologies or slower internet speeds) to different learning  styles.

3.3    Teachers need to take these differences into account when helping their students.

Use peer-to-peer networks to your advantage

3.4     The use of peer-to-peer learning  is a  huge advantage  in these situations.

Teachers should use discussion groups during learning  and even grading can be done amongst  peers.

Emphasize self-guided learning (particularly with less experienced students)

3.5     Keep  students  engaged during  learning  using approaches which take student perspectives  into  account. Times like these calls for innovative, creative thinking as well as the use of new approaches and digital  tools which can be an asset to teaching .


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