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Education Consultant Moves To Court, Seeking Stoppage Of TPD Modules

An education consultant has moved to court seeking orders to stop compulsory teacher professional development programme.

Joseph Karanja, in a petition filed at the High Court in Nakuru, has sued the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Education Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, Kenya National Union of Teachers, Kenyatta University, Mt Kenya University, Riara University and Kenya Education Management Institute.

According to the decision to have teachers undergo mandatory refresher training violates their rights.

Last week, TSC launched the beginning of professional development training programme for teachers in public schools, which will be used to determine promotions and continued employment.

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Teachers will undertake in-service professional training lasting five years upon which their teaching certificate shall be renewed.

For a 30-year period, teachers will undertake six modules each lasting five years at a cost of ksh6,000 annually.

The training will be offered at Kenyatta University, Mt Kenya University, Riara University and Kenya Education Management Institute.

“Teachers and education stakeholders were not engaged by TSC in the development of the content of the module to be undertaken in the professional development programme,” says Karanja in the petition.

Karanja argues that the rollout of the programme by TSC was done secretly and without involving the teachers who are the primary subjects of the said programme.

Karanja further argues that TSC violated the Constitution in appointing the listed institutions to offer the programme.

Karanja said most teachers are old and cannot complete the said training while still in service thus excluding them from any further promotion.

He therefore wants the court to issue a declaration that TSC in formulating and seeking to implement the teacher professional development programme, failed to observe and uphold the constitution.

He seeks to have the programme declared unconstitutional, null and void. He also wants TSC, the ministry and the universities restrained from implementing the programme.

Lastly, he wants the court to declare the appointment of the universities irregular and illegal.

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