Fresh details have emerged indicating that there are subject combinations that have few teachers or no teacher at all. This came out vividly after more than 27 secondary schools remain with unfilled slots in the recent TSC recruitment.
Surprisingly, at the moment the country has more than 300,000 trained teachers but yet to be employed. Alarmingly, some of the subjects will be among the key learning areas when the competence-based curriculum is rolled out in junior secondary in all schools come 2023.
Here is a list of subject(s) with few trained teachers;
- Home Science,
- Drawing and Design,
- Home science /History
- Home science/ Biology.
- Music and Business/Agriculture
Students who wish to train as teachers should take advantage and enrol in the aforementioned subjects.
Recently, Teachers Service Commission, TSC, identified new training areas that colleges and universities will train prospective secondary school teachers in preparation for the implementation of Competence Based Curriculum Junior and Senior secondary schools.
Through an advisory to the ministry of education, TSC boss, Dr. Nancy Macharia, said the programmes will impart requisite skills required to see to it that the roll out of the CBC in junior and senior schools in 2023 is seamless.
According to the commission, new learning areas that teacher training institutions need to give special attention include; Pre-technical and Prevocational education, life skills, Agriculture and Health education.
In addition, the commission identified various subjects where skill gaps exist such as Leatherwork, Mandarin, Woodwork Technology, Plumbing and Ceramics.
Others are Social Studies (with content on citizenship) and Sports and Physical education (covering the aspects of sports and health introduced in the learning areas).
Some of the optional subjects include indigenous languages, Kenya Sign Language, visual arts and performing arts.