It is important to create public awareness through TSC messages sent to teachers, televisions and also erecting posters on Covid-19 messages.
By Ivy Maloy
The Teachers Service Commission(TSC) is holding a stakeholder’s forum on teacher’s preparedness as schools in Kenya reopen for the 2021 academic calendar year. All schools across Kenya are set to officially reopen on Monday 26th of July 2021 for first term. This is after schools closed on 16th of July 2021 for third term holiday.
Parents have been complaining of the short period of time given for the children holiday. This is because according to most of them they may not manage to get the required school fees as expected by School managements.
The National Council of NGOs has urged parents and other stakeholders to ensure that all eligible children from across the country go back to school. In a press statement, its Chairman Stephen Cheboi expressed concern over reports that some children may not continue with their education due to school fees and other challenges and appealed to the government to ensure that all children have access to quality education.
Cheboi further urged the Ministry of Education and the schools’ Boards of Management to consider the plight of needy children to allow them to continue with their studies. The NGO Council hailed financial institutions, local and international NGOs which support the education of needy children in the society saying without such help, many children from poor families would not access education.
In the findings, the commission has addressed the general preparedness of teachers and school managements on how to handle matters Covid-19. According to TSC it is important to create public awareness through TSC messages sent to teachers, televisions and also erecting posters on Covid-19 messages.
The commission is also calling for proper medical services to teachers to enhance the effectiveness in their daily work. Improvement of psychosocial facilities. Guiding and Counseling departments to be considered in order to handle social problems among teachers. Speaking to the forum, TCS representative pointed out that another recommendation is to increase access to water points and minimize on the use of alcohol-based sanitizers in schools. Lastly, the commission recommends proper use of Remote Learning Methodologies (RLM) so that in case of anything learning should not stop.