The Teachers Service Commission will today( Wednesday) unveil a teaching model to curb the teacher shortage through the introduction of online lessons in schools.
In the new model, a single teacher will simultaneously conduct lessons in several schools via Zoom.
TSC secretary Nancy Macharia will preside over the event at Alliance Girls High School in Kiambu county.
“TSC will launch Kenya’s first ever live streaming lessons through which one teacher can teach multiple classes of various schools simultaneously,” the teachers’ employer said in a statement.
In the statement, the commission say the teaching model will ensure prudent utilisation of human resources against the backdrop of persistent teacher shortages.
The model will see a number of schools within a certain area agree on the time to live-stream particular lessons and the learners will be logged in.
The statement did not specify when the implementation of the system will begin. It, however, remains to be seen how TSC will implement the new system especially in parts of the country where there is no internet connectivity.
There are also challenges such as the training of teachers to effectively implement the new model.
CBC training Macharia has maintained that teachers are required to use differentiated modes of instruction and assessment for learners to benefit individually and progress meaningfully.
She has stated that with the change in curriculum, the role of the teacher has been fundamentally altered because it ought to be aligned to the needs of the learners and the curriculum.
For teachers to meet the needs of 21st Century learners, Macharia said, they should possess additional skills that include a learner-centered classroom, students as learners, users and producers of digital content and project-based learning.
Early this month, she said the commission would in April start the training of secondary school teachers on CompetencyBased Curriculum.
“These are the skills that CBC is demanding of teachers, therefore you must enhance your pedagogical skills and content knowledge,” she said in a statement.