Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers is set to meet the Teachers service commission this morning from 9am to discuss on Teacher Professional Development (TPD).
DETAILS ON THE TPD MODULES
TSC had earlier proposed that all teachers to undergo professional development training six times in their career with each module taking a period of five (5) years. This means that,training will be done after every five years for a maximum of thirty years. The number of modules to be undertaken will, though, depend on the number of years that a teacher still has in service. Consequently, the type of module to be taken will largely depend on the number of years that a teacher still has in service; before attaining retirement age.
A teacher beginning the training will be required to complete seven sections of module one in order to be re-certified.
According to a policy statement paper prepared by TSC in 2018, Teachers will be trained for about five (5) days during school holidays. Upon commencement of the programme, a teacher will be required to acquire a certificate, which is renewable every five years while subsequent applicants for certificate of registration will be issued with both certificates.
After completing all Teacher Professional Development modules, teachers will be eligible for re-certification and promotion; as the TPD modules have been anchored in the Career Progression Guidelines, CPG. The training will also enhance the teacher’s knowledge and skills in order to address gaps in the Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development, TPAD. They will also keep teachers informed, enable them improve their pedagogical skills and acquire new, relevant, knowledge in their teaching areas.
On the flip side, teachers who would fail after the TPD assessment will have their teaching certificates withdrawn.
TSC had already contracted Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University , Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) and Riara University to start offering the programme.
Kuppet has been requesting for a meeting with the commission for renegotiation as several teachers are opposed to the program.
The National union has already asked it’s delegates from various branches to submit their views for presentation to the commission.
Kuppet Delegates Submissions through NEB
1. Let it have phase one where Teachers who have masters and doctorate degrees be trained to be facilitators of the modules. This will have double benefits. The employer will be directly in charge of the modules and teachers with postgraduate degrees will have extra income.
2. The second phase is where trainers meet with teachers online and give them the course work while practicals and tests can be done during holidays.
3. The commission to have a budget for the in-service training during the training. Teachers to be paid allowances during training as is done in other government ministries. (Harmonization).
4.let Job group C1 to C4 be common cadre job groups with transition time defined by 3years automatic and TPD Modules be applicable from C5 Onwards”
“TPD may not be as effective. Tpad is enough for teachers as it were. What the TSC needs to do is to improve on the renumeration of teachers and especially on the part of responsibility. Teachers in boarding schools should be compensated for working overtime. Most work for 24 hours a day.”
“My take on TPD modules is: 1.Let it be simplified that’s be institutional based
2. Cost to be met by TSC (the introducing entity- teachers did not request for it)
3.To be offered online.Teachers don’t have to travel to specific colleges for these modules
4.They should be better to the teacher not to introduce new courses to the teachers that are irrelevant
5.TPD should not be imposed on teachers the way Tpad was done. Already there is a negative attitude by the teachers and forcing them will not work. Need better approach to get buy-in not use of threats.
6.Lastly is, need for more training. To date teachers have not understood Tpad since there was no training.
Training of one teacher per school is a joke on a system to be used by all teachers”
“Teacher professional development ( TPD).
Teachers should know or made to know what is awaiting them ahead as they face this TPD MODULES.