Since its inception in 2020, the program has reached approximately 28,300 new graduate teachers who have been undertaken through real-time classroom experiences over 12 months.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has launched an internship program for fresh graduates to improve educational quality.
Since its inception in 2020, the program has reached approximately 28,300 new graduate teachers who have been undertaken through real-time classroom experiences over 12 months
TSC Deputy Director in charge of Staffing Antonina Lentoijoni stated during the 17th Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association Annual Delegates Meeting in Mombasa that the program aims to improve education quality.
According to Lentoijoni, teachers who will be received in schools from 2022 will not be fresh from college but will be having at least one year of experience and whose skills will have been sharpened.
“Since last year, the commission has institutionalized the program that will see new graduate teachers given a one-year supervised coaching to sharpen their skills, knowledge, and attitude of teachers,” she said.
About 10,300 interns were engaged in the program last year and another 12,000 are expected to take part this year.
The commission has arranged for 6,000 graduates to report to different schools from January 2022.
Ms. Antonina said the commission has rolled the teacher development program to address new emerging challenges affecting the teaching sector adding that every child deserves a quality teacher and quality education according.
So far about 229,000 teachers have been trained in the Competency-Based Curriculum, 22,000 secondary school teachers have undergone the school-based teacher support system program in English, Mathematics, and Science, and over 55,000 primary school teachers, mostly targeting mathematics teachers, have been trained.
Four institutions including Mount Kenya University, Kenyatta University, Riara University, and the Kenya Education Management Institute, have rolled out an online training program targeting all teachers to ensure that they build their capacity to improve the quality of education.
The commission has institutionalized a mentorship and coaching program targeting newly recruited teachers and appointed administrators or teachers with professional gaps to go through to build their capacity.
They will be paired with an experienced teacher to be directed on what to do until they can do it by themselves.