Kenya Union of post primary education teachers (Kuppet) Bungoma branch officials have differed with Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in its move to roll out virtual lesson plans.
The plan allows schools to share teachers in a singular lesson across schools.
Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia revealed that TSC has trained 163,000 teachers to roll out virtual lessons that would be scaled up to cover most schools.
Bungoma branch Kuppet Chairman argued that the virtual lesson plan will not work revealing that most schools are unable to access online lessons due to inadequate facilities and poor internet connectivity.
“This exercise of virtual lessons learning is a noble idea but they should have ensured that Kenyan schools are equipped with the required facilities before its rollout,” Barasa said.
Barasa added that teaching is not only standing before students in class but it involves tutors one-on one interactions and doing a follow-up on what they have taught in class to ascertain if learners have captured the concept.
“A lesson isn’t about standing before the class talking, dictating and writing notes but a teacher is expected to dig deeper to ensure that learners have grasped the idea, but virtual learning will leave many students blank,” he said.
He added that after a lesson the assignments are given and should also be marked to gauge if learners have gotten the concept.
“How will teachers mark learner’s books after an online lesson if a tutor is in Machakos and contacts a lesson in Bungoma? i think this virtual learning will not work in Kenya,” he said.
The unionist noted that many schools lack gadgets to allow learners access online learning explaining that some parents are not in a position to get laptops and TV sets to facilitate the exercise.
“TSC should employ teachers to handle this new way of teaching, teachers also need to be taken through training sessions to ensure that they are at par with the new teaching style, ” he said.
Barasa added that CBC implementations in schools are still a challenge as teacher’s preparedness and readiness is still wanting.
“There is an outcry from parents that CBC is a burden as it requires resources for its smooth running, the government has rolled out this new dorm of education but it will take time before it’s embraced by Kenyans,” he said.
He added, “The government should have a standard measure of examinations reporting on the performance of students due to poor infrastructures,”
Bungoma County Woman representative Catherine Wambilianga urged TSC to be fair during teacher’s recruitment, contact interviews and award jobs to those who qualify for the advertised positions in the respective schools.
“I think sometimes TSC contacts biased interviews favoring those who have graduated recently leaving behind those that have overstayed,” she said.
Wambilianga added that TSC should follow the right procedure during the whole recruitment exercise.
On CBC implementation, she said that the competency based Curriculum should be stopped because it has added the burden to parents.