World commemorates teachers’ day as Kenya seeks to hire more tutors

Kenyan education stakeholders have lined up series of virtual events to commemorate World Teachers Day slated for October 5, 2020.

 Kenyan National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Kenya, the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) and UNESCO have lined up various events like webinars, panel discussions and social media engagement to be held online to educate and appreciate the contribution of teachers.

The WTD is celebrated on October 5 every year, after it was instituted by the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994. The theme for 2020 is “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, reimagining the future.”

 Here, teachers’ contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic will form the larger chunk of the discussion. This is after it appeared that teachers ought to be equipped with ICT skills to enable them execute the long distance learning as it happened during Covid-19.

Various countries around the world considered closure of schools as one of the measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. However, in the end of August 2020, UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO) appealed to various countries especially in Africa to consider phased reopening of schools. The two organisations argued that learners who depend on school feeding programs for nutrition missed vital health benefits and faced probable diseases arising from malnutrition.

Trainees reporting

Meanwhile, the government has recalled students in Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), urging the final year diploma learners to report to the colleges on Monday, October 5, 2020.

The government then instructed the first year and second year students to report by October 19. Speaking over the issue on Thursday, Basic Education PS Bellio Kipsang said directed that examinations be administered on October 13 to October 15 after which they will exit the institution.  

The trainees will now join universities and Technica,Vocational, Education and Training (TVETs) students who had also been ordered back to schools as the Ministry of Education started the process of phased reopening of school.

But the order directing university and TVETs students back to learning institutions had structured way of following the health protocols.

“The respective universities councils and boards of tertiary institutions will communicate opening dates and schedules for the rest of the students,” said Prof George Magoha, the education cabinet secretary.

“Safe resumption of in-person learning in all universities and tertiary institutions requires utmost fidelity to the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 protocols and guidelines,” he added.

Elsewhere, more than 300,000 tutors applied for the teaching positions recently advertised by the government.

The applicants will know their situations this week after the ministry of education embarked on coming up with merit lists for the 11,574 positions

The recruitment is expected to help the government in 100 per cent transition policy, which has prompted hiring of the teachers to seal the gaps.

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