TSC to offer CBC training to junior secondary teachers in April

TSC to offer CBC training to junior secondary teachers in April

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will train junior secondary school teachers in April after schools are closed for first term.

The Commission is currently in the process to recruit County Trainers for training Junior Secondary School Teachers on Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in language and humanities.

The recruitment is done by County Teacher Capacity Development Committees (CTCDC) in each county.

Each CTCDC released an advertisement for those interested to send application.

Last month the Commission retooled teachers handling grade 7 in Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and Competency Based Assessment (CBA).

The headteachers (acting junior secondary Principals) were retooled for three days while the JSS teachers got trained for five days.

The targeted teachers were clustered in the following subject areas;

  1. English, Literature, foreign and indigenous languages
  2. Kiswahili and Kenya sign language
  3. Pure sciences -Integrated science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health Education.
  4. Mathematics
  5. Humanities — Social Studies (Citizenship, Geography, History) Religious Studies, (CRE, IRE, Hindu, FIRE and PPI) and live skills
  6. Technical subjects — Pre vocational and pre career – Business Studies, Sports and Physical Education, Home Science. Art and design.

Recently TSC deployed a number of primary school teachers to teach in junior secondary. During the first round of deployment 7,282 teachers were promoted to teach Grade 7 learners.

The Commission targets the teachers in this April CBC training. Currently deployment exercise for second cohorts P1 teachers is ongoing.

However it has emerged that learners in junior secondary school will have a reduced workload following recommendations to scale down the number of core learning areas from 12 to 10.

In the new changes, life skills will be combined with social studies while health education will now be taught alongside integrated science, which comprises biology, physics and chemistry.

However the official announcement of the changes will be made after President William Ruto receives the report of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER).

The tenure of the team has expired and has tabled its report which is yet to be made public.

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