The Teachers Service Commission is now under fire after teachers as well as Members of Parliament question and oppose the planned rollout of mandatory refresher courses (Teachers Professional Development - TPD programme).
According to the Teachers Service Commission, it is compulsory for all teachers in all the schools countrywide to undertake the refresher courses.
A case has already been filed at the High Court aiming at stopping the Teachers Service Commission from implementing the TPD refresher courses.
Another petition is before the National Assembly also seeking to stop the Teachers Service Commission from implementing the Teacher Professional Development programme.
The Members of Parliament yesterday questioned the framework used by the teachers' employer to develop the new programme. The lawmakers also questioned the criteria the Teachers Service Commission used in the selection of only four universities to handle over 340,000 teachers in the rollout of the TPD program. It was determined that the four institutions were set to earn billions of shillings from offering retraining of Teachers Professional Development. The choice of the fourth universities raised more questions that answers.
It has also been established that it is the duty of the employer to fund such professional programs.
Teachers have also complained that they should not be forced to undertake compulsory professional courses. Most of the teachers have said that the programme will not benefit them as it is set for 30 years while many have less that ten years to retire.
While the High Court is expected to determine if teachers will take the mandatory TPD, the matter will also be handled by the Education Committee at the National Assembly.
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