Teachers will from tomorrow attend a two-day training workshop dubbed “Tusome Early Grade reading activity.”
The national teacher training, organized by Tusome, will target all grade 1 to 3 teachers in all public schools nationally. This category of teachers instruct in lower primary levels.
The training has been scheduled for next week, with most counties starting on Monday 25th July 2022 and ending on Tuesday July 26.
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This program is among the Ministry of Education’s programs which support English and Kiswahili literacy.
Primary school teachers instructing in Grade 1,2 and 3 will therefore attend the workshop this week. According to the Ministry, the training will include all teachers in public schools teaching lower Grades.
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The program is implemented through the Ministry of Education in all the more than 24,000 public primary schools and over 1,500 low-cost private primary schools across the country. It is a flagship partnership between USAID and the Ministry of Education-Kenya.
Tusome program applied research-driven learning materials, proven teaching methodologies, and an innovative tablet-based feedback and monitoring system to improve the literacy outcomes of 7.8 million pupils last year.
The current primary school population is estimated at 11.4 million children in both public and private primary schools.
This rapid growth in primary school population is largely attributed to the introduction of Free Primary Education by the Government in 2002 and other interventions.
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According to Ministry enrolment in schools indicate that Kenya is on track to achieve the Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Commitments by 2015.
MOE through Tusome pays teachers who attend their workshop amount ranging from 2300/-per day to 2865/-per day and takes at least two days’ workshop attendance for teachers.
However, there is confusion after the coming of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC)which make implementation of Tusome program difficult.
CBC and Tusome make teaching clash as these are two teaching approaches with their own resources. Many teachers however prefer the Tusome programme to CBC.
Teachers were issued with Tusome schemes of work and lesson plans as well as teaching and learning materials when the program was first launched.
Early this year, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in collaboration with the
Ministry of Education (MoE) reviewed the English Language, Kiswahili Language, Indigenous Activities for Grade 1,2 and 3 based on the recommendations from the Report on the implementation of Languages in Grades 1,2 and 3.
The Ministry of Education approved the changes of name from Literacy Activities to Indigenous Language Activities.
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Additionally, the MoE approved the review of the curriculum designs for English Language, Kiswahili Language and Indigenous Language Activities Grade 1,2 and 3 in line with the revised time allocation as follows: English Language (5 lessons), Kiswahili Language (4 lessons) and Indigenous Language Activities (2 lessons).