EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY; TSC APPEALS TO TEACHERS

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TSC Chair Dr. Lydia Nzomo addresses teachers and other education stakeholders at Chuka University in Tharaka Nithi County.Photo/Domenic Ntoogo

Bottomline: We are committed in making the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) a success a total of 288,000 teachers will have been trained by December 2019, already there are 149,810 trained teachers.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has asked teachers to embrace technology in their profession so as to be at par with the changing world reducing congestion at the TSC headquarters as most of them physically visit the headquarters.

Speaking during the Annual TSC open forum held at Chuka University in Tharaka Nithi County, the TSC Chairperson Dr.  Lydia Nzomo emphasized the need to use internet services to get services rather than visiting their offices in Nairobi.

“With over 318,000 employees countrywide visiting the headquarters is not only costly but also time wasting while the services are available through the internet at every corner of the republic” said Dr. Nzomo.

She said TSC is committed to embrace technology alongside innovation in its operations, so as to bring services closer to the teachers saving them the hassle of travelling to the headquarters and county offices seeking assistance.

The open forum whose theme was “Innovation and technology in service delivery”, also aims at sensitizing teachers on integration of technological innovations so as to deliver quality teaching services to the learners.

The TSC boss further disclosed that they are working on the introduction of electronic files for teachers to be effected in November this year (2019).  The roll-out is aimed at eliminating the problem of missing files enhancing the usage of teachers’ files by more than one user at the same time.

Other services that Dr. Nzomo urged teachers to seek from the internet include gaining access to online tax deduction cards (P9 forms), pays slips, the commission activities and applications for promotions.

Internet Protocol Electronic System, a seamless communication system engineered by the commission, has been launched in 11 counties assuring that the system would be available in the remaining counties in due time.

On the contentious Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), Dr. Nzomo reiterated the commitment of the commission in ensuring that the curriculum becomes a success. She added that a total of 288,000 teachers will have been trained by December 2019 as they had already trained 149,810 teachers.

The TSC chair expressed her concerns over the shortage of teachers in all public primary schools promising that the commission was doing all it could to mitigate the situation by employing interns.

“In addition to the teachers that we are able to employ annually on permanent and pensionable basis, we will also be able to get others as interns,” said Dr. Nzomo.

Teachers on the other hand were requested to take seriously the issue of learners security. She stated that the constitution expects children to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, all forms of violence, corporal punishment, discrimination and exposure to exploitative labor, adding that the teachers are responsible for the students at school level.

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