- Teachers have been earning money on private tuition
- CS Magoha and President Uhuru encourage teachers to engage their students locally
- New rules established for teaching in villages and estates
- No more than 15 students required per sitting for a maximum of 4 hours daily
- Teachers and students to follow protocols set by the Ministry of Health
TSC has released new guidelines to govern ongoing lessons in the neighborhoods.
Some teachers have been running programmes in their local communities to keep children engaged during the COVID-19 break. Parents have pressed for private tuition, and some of them have been levying up to KES 5000 per week for face-to-face lessons.
Teachers also charge KES1000 for virtual classes. A good example is an online class organized by Lina Onyango, a global award-winning teacher in Kenya. Lina says that she has a team of six teachers offering online classes to secondary school students at a fee.
President Kenyatta recently exhilarated teachers to assemble students in estates and villages for face-to-face lessons. While a few parents have allowed their children to attend such classes, most of them are afraid of the consequences.
The Secondary School Heads Association chairman Kahi Indimuli lamented that there are no operating guidelines to enhance such classes. He is afraid of a scenario where parents will be exploited by teachers, who could also tailspin in following the COVID-19 guidelines.
Magoha and Uhuru have supported face-to-face engagements between learners and teachers, as long as proper guidelines have been followed. In response, TSC has now set procedures for community learning.
One of the requirements for the new teaching approach is a maximum of 15 students per class. Secondly, the classes should take place for four hours every day in villages and estates.
The private tutors should also be registered with education officials in their community. This facilitates planning and control of the face-to-face classes.
TSC also plans to initiate free community-based learning to enhance an enduring erudition during COVID-19. This will target over 10 million students in public schools across the country, which are not capable of offering private online classes.
This new programme is an operative way of keeping learners engaged, hence reducing problems of teenage pregnancies and idleness in local communities.
Schools have been closed since March, and thousands of learning hours have been lost. With school reopening unexpected until January at the very least, there will still be more hours unaccounted for.
However, with the new community-based learning and private tuition, learners can still gain knowledge while they observe protocols in their neighborhoods.
According to the Standard Media, corporeal lessons should teach learners practical skills such as weeding, grazing animals, storytelling, debating, hygiene, and debating. The teachers may also offer psychological counseling and social support to learners.
TSC also proposes grouping and grading of students according to age and classes as part of its guidelines for community based learning. The Teachers Service Commission will also create a decentralized system to supervise the community-based learning at the county, zonal, and regional levels.
These guidelines have come after CS George Magoha announced a plan to roll out a community based teaching and learning during the COVID-19 period.
The TSC and Ministry of Education will coordinate with chiefs and Nyumba Kumi to bring learners together in small groups within their districts. Teachers are required to register with sub-county directors and curriculum support staff in their localities. In this regard, teachers will teach from their current places of residence rather than their workstations.
The Ministry of Interior is also expected to play a crucial role in this programme by ensuring that all learners are involved.
It will be an opportunity for teachers to implement modern pedagogical and teaching strategies such as group discussions, peer feedback and flipped learning. Radio and television will also be used to broadcast lessons to learners within the stipulated curriculum.
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