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Teacher training will boost education quality in Kenya – Nabukwesi

The government is banking on training of trainers for teacher education and management in Kenya (TOTEMK) programme to improve the quality of education in the country.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi disclosed that 340,000 teachers countrywide will be taken through the training as the country prepares for full phase-out of the current 8-4-4 education system, transitioning to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC)

“Indeed, the TOTEMK Project is quite timely as it seeks to strengthen the teacher education programmes and institutional management in Kenya so as to support the ongoing reforms in the country’s education sector,” said the PS.

Speaking at the close of a three-day workshop where teachers underwent training, the PS encouraged the participants to spread the knowledge they have gained to other teachers so as to support the implementation of CBC.

The training was attended by over 60 participants drawn from more than 60 universities.

The objective of the training which is a collaboration between the University of Nairobi, Strathmore, and Pwani Universities aims to support the implementation of a Competency-Based Curriculum and to equip learners with modern technology in teaching and learning using digital tools.

The TOTEMK 4-year project has been funded by the Government of Finland in collaboration with the University of Helsinki, Laurea University in Finland, University of Nairobi, Strathmore University and Pwani University and other government partners. It supports important education reforms which are being implemented in the country.

He said the training comes at an ideal time when institutions of higher learning have embraced online learning and she was optimistic that the training will, as a result, boost digital learning practices especially after the coronavirus pandemic which disrupted learning and several learning institutions.

The PS thanked the Finish Government and partners for their impeccable record of commitment and a balanced approach when tackling challenges that confront humanity, especially in Africa.

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