Teachers Service Commission has sharply criticised top universities that shunned teachers refresher courses.
TSC boss Dr. Nancy Macharia, faulted universities for failing to bid for tender to offer Teacher Professional Development courses when a tender was floated.
Nancy Macharia noted that top universities and institutions that offer teacher education training did not show interest to offer TPD courses.
According to TSC, only eight universities applied and most of them did not meet the necessary requirements to offer TPD courses.
“We advertised and every teacher training institution was free to apply. But only eight universities applied. Some universities, the premier universities, did not even apply,” said Dr. Macharia.
“Apart from Kenyatta University, even the University of Nairobi which is another university that offers education did not tender. If something like this is in the open and you do not tender, what can we possibly do?” she added.
Initially, TSC has settled for four institutions to offer TPD programme. They include Kenyatta University, Riara University, Mount Kenya University and the KEMI.
Top Universities like Egerton, Maseno, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Nairobi, Masinde Muliro, Kisii University were not selected to offer TPD courses.
Criteria that was used to choose the four institutions had attracted more questions bearing in mind that top universities that offer education training were left out.
After the expiry of the present one-year contract for the four institutions, the tender shall be floated again for all institutions to apply.