TPD Modules To Be Funded By The Government From July as 90,000 Teachers Enrol
The Teacher Professional Development (TPD) training program will go on in July 2022 upon closure of schools.
Unlike in the past when teachers have been paying for the program, teachers will no longer pay for their training. It is good news for the teachers that the cost for training will be met by the government.
This decision was arrived at after the National Treasury allocated Sh1.16 billion to Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for the purpose of teacher professional development.
As per the 2022-2023 budget, TSC had set aside Sh289.37 billion as gross current and capital estimates and Sh7.23 billion for general administration, planning and support services.
This new allocation comes after a tireless push by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) through the education and budget committees.
Since the launch of the program, teachers have been parting with Sh6,000 for each of the modules, which are to be done after every five years. For fear of missing on promotions and higher salaries, 90,000 teachers enrolled for TPD in the month of April.
While some of the teachers have been undertaking the course remotely, others have been attending sessions physically.
Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Riara and Kenya Education Management Institute were contracted to conduct the training on an annual agreement with an option to extend their services.
The training has six modules and is usually conducted during holidays. At the end of each module, teacher-trainees will be awarded TPD points.
After completing all the modules, teachers will be eligible for re-certification and promotion since the modules have been anchored in the career progression guidelines.
“I thank Parliament for being a friend of the teachers despite opposition from the executive which has insisted each teacher gathers for the programme,” Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui said