Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has come up with new guidelines as it prepares to roll out free community-based learning. The guidelines have raised more questions and caused more confusion. For example, they are nt clear on the age of teachers who should teach. Covid 19 protocolas are such that those above 50 0r ist 58 are at Risk.
They are not allowed to work. The guidelines require teachers to teach for 4 hours. How now? Even churches are only allowed to hold one hour services. But most important, the guidelines have nothing about fumigation of the learning areas, nothing on how social distancing will be ensured. Nothing on who provides learning materials. Nothing on who will supply learners with masks or water to sanitize. Simply this is a big dream. It is an assumption that COVID 19 does not exist in Kenya.
Here are the guidelines.
- Teachers will be required to arrange for classes of not more than 15 learners in villages and estates for four hours daily.
- For teachers to participate in this exercise, they will have to register with education officials within their locality.
- Under the new community based learning, face to face lessons will take place in open places and halls with strict conformity to Covid-19 containment measures.
- During the community based learning, teachers will engage learners on life skills and values such as weeding, cultivating, grazing, story telling, hygiene among others.
- Tutors will have an opportunity to cover the syllabus lost due to prolonged pandemic that grounded to a halt activities in education sector. This is because, learners will be grouped according to their ages and classes. Since learning will be based on group discussions and peer-to-peer emphasis, then grading of learners will be possible. Teachers should use discussion groups during learning and even grading can be done among peers,” read part of the draft guidelines.
- The commission will monitor and supervise community based learning through decentralised system at the regional, county and zonal level.
- The draft TSC guidelines say the ministry of interior will identify learners and venues for lessons, while that of health will ensure learning takes place in line with covid-19 protocols.
- Ministry of interior will also ensure no learner fails to participate in the programme. Chiefs together with Nyumba Kumi initiative will assemble learners who will be taught at no cost.
- According to TSC Guidelines, teachers will be required to register with curriculum support officer CSO and sub county education officers within the area they are currently living. This means that teachers will not be required to travel to their work stations, since they will be assigned duties where they are presently residing.
- Orientation of teachers on how they will engage learners will be carried out.
All dreams are valid. This is one of those dreams that MOE has engaged in. You recall other dreams like Laptops, NEMIS, Free Primary and Secondary Education… etc. Let us help Magoha to keep dreaming.