KUPPET Expresses Disagreement With The Proposed TPD Fees
The Kenya union of post primary education teachers, KUPPET has not agreed with the proposed fees for the mandatory refresher courses rolled out by the teachers’ service commission yesterday.
Speaking moments after the roll out of the training programme, KUPPET secretary general Akello Misori praised the programme, terming it a landmark in the teaching profession.
“This is going to be a landmark coming almost after half a century of our existence as a nation and as independent,” said Misori.
However, the KUPPET boss decried the high cost of the program, arguing that the matter should be revisited and cost shouldered by the employer. “This cost needs to be relooked at and even made cheaper,” said Misori.
The argument by Misori was supported by the Kenya national union of teachers’ secretary general, Collins Oyuu, in a separate media interview.
According to the contract signed between TSC and teacher unions, the fee for the programme, accommodation, meals, transport and stationery costs will be shouldered by teachers.
“The service provider will charge an annual training fee of Sh6,000 only per teacher which will be inclusive of all training sessions, assessment, reporting and all other associated costs incurred in carrying out the described service,” reads the document.
The courses shall be modular-based training programmes for all practising teachers and will adopt online and in-person approach.
Each module of the course will be organized into five chapters and each chapter will be covered in one year at a cost of ksh. 6000 for tuition fees. This implies that each teacher will require ksh. 30,000 to complete one module in five years and get a new license. Teachers who will not attain pass grade for the modules will either sit a supplementary or lose their reaching licenses.
To complete all the six modules, each teacher will have to part with ksh.180,000, in case the annual fees per chapter remain constant. However, judging from the inflation trends in Kenya, the fees are not expected to remain the same for 30 years and beyond-Not even for the first 30 years.
Kenyatta University, Riara University, Mount Kenya University and the Kenya Education Management Institute (Kemi) were picked by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to train the teachers.
Dr Macharia, said the overall objective of the TPD programme is to continuously develop teachers’ skills and knowledge in line with the 21st-century core competencies.
She also said the refresher courses will boost the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) roll out as teachers will be equipped with requisite skills.
Details show that each classroom teacher, primary school head teachers, or high school principals and their deputies will be required to undertake at least one module per year.
Classroom teachers will take up modules separate from the senior teachers, mostly institutional leaders and senior staff.
Modules for teachers will include professionalism, pedagogy, Competency-Based Curriculum and Assessment, inclusive education practices, comprehensive school health and safety, instructional leadership, and financial literacy skills.
And for institutional leaders, the modules will include professionalism, Competency-Based Curriculum and Assessment, leadership in high-quality instruction and assessment, professional learning environment, building a positive inclusive learning environment, comprehensive school health, and financial literacy skills.