Category Of Teachers To Escape Mandatory TPD Modules rolled out by TSC.
The teacher Service Commission has rolled out refresher courses that will affect teachers’ careers. Teachers are required to undergo TPD training and renew their certificate after every five years.
TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said that the Teacher Professional Development modules will last for the entirety of the time teachers in the teaching profession.
The TPD training is structured into six modules with six-tier levels of competency each taking five years and after which the teacher’s certificate will be renewed.
Dr Macharia warned that teachers who will fail to comply could risk losing their teaching certificates.
TSC rolled out the Teacher Professional Development programme on 22nd September 2021 at the CEMASTEA Centre in Karen, Nairobi.
The TPD program will commit all teachers in public schools to undergo refresher courses that will largely impact their entire careers. The program will be used in teacher promotions as per TSC’S Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) which has been in force since 2017.
According to the commission, the TPD modules are mandatory conditions for the promotion of teachers from one job grade to another.
Currently, 331,232 teachers will be directly affected by this program.
However, some teachers are likely not to be affected by the mandatory Teacher Professional Development training. The categories of teachers who may escape these refresher courses include:
1. 419 teachers hold Masters and Doctorate (Ph. D) degrees.
2. Teachers on unpaid study leaves
3. Teachers having disciplinary cases.
4. Teachers who are remaining with less than five years to exit service.
The entry requirements for the TPD module have not been clearly stated at the moment by the Commission and who shall be exempted from undertaking the refresher courses.
Stakeholders selected four universities meeting all the requirements for Teacher Professional Development (TPD). The universities which were selected are Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Riara university and Kenya Education Management Institute.