The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has released a report revealing top fears as schools reopened fully amid Covid-19 pandemic.
Data from the teachers’ employer shows that 158,720, teachers have received the first dose of the vaccine, with another 89,611 fully vaccinated.
According to the report, dubbed teachers preparedness, teachers may not be well prepared to tackle the challenges, citing inadequate funds, limited water and fear of the unknown.
Syllabus coverage was also mentioned as the second most fear teachers are facing.
The teachers also cited congestion in schools due to the overstretched infrastructure their third fear. This is owing to many children who will all be coming in at the same time. And with few spaces available, teachers are worried.
Increased workload also topped in the list of teachers’ fear.
Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) implementation was the fifth fear among teachers. According to teachers, implementation of the new curriculum in the other classes, including the pioneer class, will remain a nightmare.
Other fears that teachers have are; Fees payment by parents, Early pregnancies, Drug and substance abuse, Insecurity as children go to schools, Disasters and School dropouts.
In general, the report indicated that the level of teacher preparedness is fairly adequate and needs bolstering.
The report recommended the following;
- Increase psychosocial support
- Increase access to water and soap, minimize the use of sanitisers
- Sustain positive messages to teachers
- Train teachers on the management of Covid-19
- Enhance contacts with health institutions and personnel for regular checkups
- Blended learning: Incorporate remote learning as alternative modes of curriculum delivery. No more stopping leaning in case of another surge.