Teachers Service Commission (TSC), a body that is constitutionally mandated with the responsibility of hiring, promoting and firing teachers has today the 5th of October celebrated teachers.
Celebrated annually on October 5, the day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to celebrate teachers.
While speaking at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, KICD, TSC boss Dr. Nancy Macharia lauded and heaped praises on teachers for their immeasurable and untiring effort in seeing to it that learners get quality education.
“Our dear teachers, we celebrate you for your tireless efforts towards ensuring quality education for the learner. You are truly the cornerstone of the country’s positive trajectory on the path to education recovery during the COVID-19 era,” said TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia.
Dr. Macharia further averred that the commission will fete 31 teachers who have selflessly played pivotal roles in both curriculum implementation and management in schools.
She stated: “We recognize 31 of our most outstanding teachers those who have consistently demonstrated exemplary performance in teaching management and effective delivery of curriculum for quality education”.
Celebration of this years’ international teachers day comes at a time when there is row over the implementation of Teacher Professional Modules.
TPD has become a thorny issue in the teaching profession with the bone of contention being payment for this lucrative programme.
Even though the commission directed that teachers will shoulder the cost of these yearly refresher courses, teachers have noted that it is the responsibility of the employer to foot any cost of retraining its employees.
In a nut shell, starting this December teachers will be required to embark on refresher courses that will see them part with Ksh 6,000. This yearly program will culminate into teachers renewing their professional certificate after five years.
Literally, teachers will cough Ksh 30,000 after every five years so to be re-certified.