Teachers in public schools in Kenya will be renewing their professional certificates every five years. This is according to new policy guidelines that will demand teachers to undertake in-service professional training lasting for five years upon which they will get their certificates renewed.
This renew will be based on will be based on professional development roll out which will run for 30 years and has six modules each lasting five years. Every teacher will be paying Sh. 6,000 for each module.
The teachers will be getting trained at Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Riara and Kenya Education Management Institute. “We had a very hard time in negotiating for teachers because when you are at the negotiations table they referred to teachers as unskilled or semi-skilled,” Nancy Macharia, the chief executive officer at the Teachers Service Commission said.
“We need to see our teachers conduct research projects and write academic and acclaimed research papers to improve the teaching quality in schools.”
This new training policy was first mooted in 2019 when the TSC said that all public school teachers in Kenya would be required to undertake teacher development courses after the pre-service (college) training, which will earn them a second certificate from the Teachers Service Commission.
“This will be the only way teachers will be allowed to practice in any school, and will be used as a pillar to guide promotions and demotions of teachers. It will be used to upgrade staff to end stagnation of members in the teaching profession,” Macharia said.