The Teachers Service Commission, TSC recently conducted a survey to assess the status of Teachers’ Preparedness for the 2021-2022 academic calendar.
The survey is aimed at coming up with the best strategies to address any challenges that teachers,who are at the center of effective curriculum implementation and preparation of KCSE Candidates for the 2021-2022 KCSE national exams, are facing.
Based on the survey recently conducted, the teacher’s employer-Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has released a report revealing top fears among teacher’s as schools reopened fully amid Covid-19 pandemic.
TSC List of Teachers vaccinated for Covid 19 as of 2021
Data from the teachers’ employer shows that 158,720, teachers have received the first dose of the vaccine, with another 89,611 fully vaccinated.
According to the report, dubbed teachers preparedness, teachers may not be well prepared to tackle the challenges, citing inadequate funds, limited water and fear of the unknown.
Syllabus Coverage 2021-2022
Syllabus coverage was also mentioned as the second most fear teachers are facing.
The teachers also cited congestion in schools due to the overstretched infrastructure their third fear. This is owing to many children who will all be coming in at the same time. And with few spaces available, teachers are worried.
TSC Teachers’ Workload 2021-2022
Increased workload also topped in the list of teachers’ fear.
Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) implementation was the fifth fear among teachers. According to teachers, implementation of the new curriculum in the other classes, including the pioneer class, will remain a nightmare.
Other fears that teachers have are; Fees payment by parents, Early pregnancies, Drug and substance abuse, Insecurity as children go to schools, Disasters and School dropouts.
In general, the report indicated that the level of teacher preparedness is fairly adequate and needs bolstering.
The report recommended the following;
Increase psychosocial support
Increase access to water and soap, minimize the use of sanitisers
Sustain positive messages to teachers
Train teachers on the management of Covid-19
Enhance contacts with health institutions and personnel for regular checkups
Blended learning: Incorporate remote learning as alternative modes of curriculum delivery. No more stopping leaning in case of another surge.