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Education News Making The Headlines This Sunday, October 10

Summary: ~ Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has called on the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha to be patient on CBC debate.

~ Teachers to pay Sh30,000 - Sh42000 and Sh150000 for completion of the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme rolled out by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

~ Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi has urged youths to apply for the Master’s degree courses and internship programs sponsored by the Japanese government.

1. Odinga calls for sobriety in CBC

Former Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has called on patience among Kenyans as the discussion of the ongoing new Competence Based Curriculum progresses.

“Anything new always elicits suspicion but we know countries such as Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania have already adopted CBC,” said Raila as he called on the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha to be patient with those arguing about the new curriculum.

He added that the ongoing debates on CBC are healthy and that he is optimistic an amicable solution will be arrived at on the issue.

“Education is very primary to the development of every child, whether their parents have money or not,” said ODM leader during a groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed Raila Odinga Secondary School in Nyando constituency.

2. Teachers hit hard by TSC’s rollout of refresher courses

All public school teachers will go for refresher courses which will determine their fates in the teaching service as well as their chances of promotion, following the rollout of the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on September 22, 2021, at Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) in Karen, Nairobi.

“Teachers will be required to undertake prescribed professional development programmes to facilitate their career progression as per provisions of Regulation 48 of the Code of Regulations for Teachers,” reads the TSC’s Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) document in part.

According to reports, apart from a teacher’s academic papers, the employer will shift more focus to TPD modules for the promotion of teachers or lecturers. However, the CPG is not clear on the entry requirements for TPD modules.

Institutions accredited to offer the TPD module, have it that the course has been structured into the introductory module which introduces teachers to TPD and the 7 Kenya Professional Teaching Standards for both teachers and instructional leaders and has 5 chapters which are to be completed for Sh 6000 within a year.

Teachers and the instructional leaders will then proceed to level one module divided into two modules, one for the teachers and the other for instructional leaders.

Level one module will be divided into 5 different chapters to be taken by a teacher or an instructional leader, one chapter per year in five years but to a maximum of 7 years, at a cost ranging from Sh30,000 to Sh42,000 depending on the years taken.

A teacher or instructional leader will have to spend a total of Sh 150, 000 to complete the training for level two to level six modules will each take 25 years, 5 years each.

3. Youths urged to apply for Master’s degrees, internship programs in Japan

Principal Secretary of State Department for University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi has urged qualified Kenyans to apply for the Master’s degree courses and internship programs sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A letter signed by Obiero Afullo on behalf of PS Simon Nabukwesi urges youths aged between 24 to 39 and who have working experiences to apply for the 9th batch of Masters degrees and internship programmes of the African Business Education Initiative for the youth and SDGs global leadership program.

“The initiative offers opportunities to young people in Africa to study Master’s degrees and Doctoral programmes in Japanese universities and undertake internships in Japan as well.” Says the letter.

The deadline for application is 25th October 2021.

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