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KNUT urges teachers who are financially capable to enroll for TPD

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has advised teachers to enroll in Teacher Professional Development (TPD), a refresher course for teachers, in order to advance their skills.


During a recent press conference held at the union’s headquarters at KNUT House in Nairobi, Secretary General Collins Oyuu said that in order for the program to be successful, all parties must support it.


“The commission is seeking for funds towards the same. In the meantime, all teachers who are capable of financing themselves to pursue the programme should enroll for it since it is a regulatory requirement enshrined in the constitution,” he said.

He continued by saying that both parties should support the program to ensure its success because it enhances instructors’ pedagogical and management abilities as well as learning results.


He said that TPD is a prerequisite in the teaching sector and added that they had agreed with TSC to hold workshops to make all instructors aware of TPD and how it is implemented.


“TPD was structured and rolled out in 2013 through the required statutory laws. It was then an integral part of the 2015 reviewed Code of Regulations for Teachers (CoRT) and finally became a discussant in the 2016-2021 CBA,” said Oyuu.


He further added that the union discovered that the commission did not invest in sensitizing teachers on its need, usefulness, involvement and it benefits.


“In its roll out; some resistance was witnessed from stakeholders and the public majorly because proper sensitisation was not carried out,” he added.


Oyuu recommended that KNUT leadership engage with other interested parties to get a budgetary allocation, particularly to pay the training for all the teachers, as the instructors are now experiencing financial difficulty as a result of not having recently received any wage awards.


On September 22, 2021, TSC launched the initiative for retraining instructors at the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA).

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