The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) announced mandatory retraining and training of teachers to help them implement the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) effectively.
Speaking on Friday, December 2, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia stated that the commission would use funds allocated to it by the previous administration to facilitate the exercise.
"They are already teachers but need to be inducted into what is expected of them," she stated.
"We can use these funds to train the teachers on working with Grade Seven learners. Of course, some have gone through training therefore, retraining will be enough," she announced.
However, the training will be phased since the time before the next term set to begin in January 2023 is limited.
She lauded the government's move to hire 30,000 teachers in 2023, noting that secondary schools were facing a deficit of 68,000 teachers across the country.
Additionally, she noted that some teachers had previously received training and will only take refresher courses.
"30,000 teachers will go a long way to reduce this deficit. We shall distribute them across all the learning stages from lower primary, junior secondary schools, upper primary, and secondary schools," Macharia noted.
Notably, the new administration had initially promised to recruit 116,000 teachers within the first two financial years by employing 58,000 teachers annually.
In September 2022, the Employment and Labour Relations Court allowed TSC to roll out the teachers' training program.
This was after a protracted court battle between the teachers' commission and a petitioner who argued that TSC failed to involve relevant education stakeholders during the launch.
According to Justice David Nderitu, the petitioner failed to produce evidence indicating the violation of the Constitution.