All 340,000 government-paid teachers must now prepare for refresher courses that will guide their promotions and growth.
This will be a marked departure from the old service programs which led to automatic progressions for teachers in the common framework.
Refresher courses called Teacher Professional Development Modules (TPDs) should be modular training programs for all practicing teachers.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has stated that the delivery of TPD will be a modular approach using primarily technology and will address Pedagogy and Content Knowledge (PACK) among other aspects / components according to the approved curriculum.
Director General Nancy Macharia said that the overall aim of the TPD program is to continuously develop and improve the skills, competences and knowledge of teachers in line with the 21st century core competencies aimed at improving the supply of quality education.
Each teacher, primary school principal or high school principal and their assistants must follow at least one module per year.
Classroom teachers will take separate modules from head teachers, mainly school leaders and senior managers.
Modules for teachers should include professionalism, competency-based pedagogy, curriculum and assessment, inclusive education practices, school health and safety, instructional leadership, and financial literacy skills .
And for institutional leaders, the modules should include professionalism, competency-based curriculum and assessment, leadership in high quality teaching and assessment, a professional learning environment, creating a learning environment. positive inclusive learning, comprehensive school health and financial literacy skills.
Teachers will need to undertake at least five modules during their teaching career and this will guide their career growth.
“The TPD program aims to benefit all teachers enrolled in public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Kenya,” said Dr Macharia.
The move comes after the TSC and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) reached an agreement on Tuesday to end the four-year deadlock that has blocked the implementation of teacher professional development (TPD) modules.
“The tribunal is pleased to stay the entire judgment of the Nairobi Employment and Labor Relations Tribunal rendered on July 12, 2019. The case is hereby marked as settled,” states the consent between TSC and Knut.
The consent filed before Court of Appeal judges Asike Makhandia, Sankale Ole Kantai and Pauline Nyamweya also released some 600 million shillings deducted from Knut members by TSC but was not returned.
On top of that, all Knut members who were excluded from the third and fourth phases of the just expired 54 billion shillings CBA will also receive their money in arrears.
The agreement between TSC and Knut now gives the employer the opportunity to roll out the training program and also to implement career progression guidelines, which were the point of rupture between him and the union.
The consent also means that the TSC is now free to sign a contract with these training institutions to deliver the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) program.
Kenyatta University, Riara University, Mount Kenya University and Kenya Education Management Institute (Kemi) have been selected by TSC to train teachers.
These institutions have developed training modules in specific skill areas in line with the teaching standards prescribed by the Commission.
They are supposed to facilitate the implementation of PDT training and related programs to improve the skills of teachers and school leaders.
In addition to this, universities are expected to assess and assess interns who have completed the TPD program.
At the end of the course, institutions will issue certificates of milestone completion to trainees after successfully completing the appropriate PDT program.
The development now unlocks the deadlock on the mandatory on-the-job course that was to be undertaken after TSC launched the controversial Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) in 2018.
After TSC released the 2018 policy introducing GICs and abolishing all three service plans, Knut under Wilson Sossion objected to the decision in court.
The TSC policy had eliminated service programs for teachers and undergraduate, graduate and technical teachers, as it implemented performance appraisal tools to guide promotions.
When rolling out the policy, TSC insisted that all teachers in public and private schools be required to complete compulsory teacher professional development (TPD) courses during school holidays at their own expense.
Sossion opposed the CPGs in court, securing a favorable ruling from Judge Byrum Ongaya who ordered TSC to revert to the old management frameworks that existed before the CBA was signed.
The judge also ordered TSC to align the old service patterns with the ABC, which had overhauled those structures.
And on top of that, Ongaya rescinded a circular on promotions that limited the career progression of holders of teacher training certificates.
Knut’s objection to CPGs is what led to a deadlock that blocked refresher courses even after TSC, through a competitive process, identified the institutions to offer the courses.
With the exit of Sossion, the new management of Knut and TSC filed the consent that broke the deadlock.