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TSC to ‘Live Stream’ Lessons In Bid to Address Teacher Shortage

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) revealed on the 26th of January 2022 that her Commission has begun live-streaming lessons. In the live streaming of lessons, one teacher could potentially teach multiple classes in various schools at the same time.

The TSC CEO’s reveal happened in Alliance Girls High School.

The launched programme with help in promoting prudent utilization of teachers amid the teacher shortages experiences in schools across the country.

The program was dubbed “live streaming of lessons” with schools that are well-staffed and with better teaching facilities set to share their lessons virtually with those that are under-staffed. The “principal schools” which will be those offering the lessons will virtually share their classes with the satellite schools. Schools in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas will form the bulk of the satellite schools.

Schools in ASAL areas are difficult to staff due to teachers experiencing difficult conditions in terms of climatic conditions, accessibility and even insecurity. This has made many teachers flee this area especially due to insecurity.

The Commission, in a brief, revealed that principal schools are those schools that have teachers in Mathematics and English, as well as all science subjects.

“The Teachers will undergo training on how to deliver the lessons with satellite schools in mind, assemble, disable the ICT equipment and basic techniques on troubleshooting,” stated the TSC brief.

TSC launched the program at Alliance Girls High School with the program being run in 12 schools with two of these being principal schools. The other ten schools will be satellite schools with each principal school serving five. For the two month exercise, only learners in Form II will be targeted.

This will mean satellite schools will have to adjust their school timetables in order to fit in with the timetable of the principal schools.

The schools will then use Microsoft Teams to attend the lessons. The TSC County Directors and Sub-County Director, curriculum support officers and ICT officers will also undergo training and incorporation into the program.

Besides the above, a team consisting of ICT, Quality Assurance staff and staffing officers will visit the schools to assess the impact of the intervention in the satellite schools as well as the principal schools.

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