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TSC to roll out Community-Based Learning

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has provided guidelines ahead of the commencement of community-based learning. This comes in light of the ongoing situation in the country whereby students have been stuck at home since the closure of schools in March. Schools were closed in March to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Students have been at home ever since and virtual learning has not proven to be successful to all students.

Teachers will now be able to offer the services they are being paid for by registering with education officials within the areas they are residing in.

Community-based learning will enable teachers to handle 15 learners in the estates or villages they are staying in. The duration of the lessons teachers will be offering to learners will be lasting for four hours per day.

Community-based learning will be face to face and will happen in open places or halls. All learning, it has to say, will have to follow the COVID-19 containment measures such as keeping a 1-meter social distance, avoiding physical contact, and sanitizing.

Teachers will involve students on life skills and other values such as cultivating, weeding, grazing, hygiene, and storytelling just to mention but a few.

What about the syllabus?

Teachers might be able to cover the syllabus that was not covered due to the prolonged effects of the novel coronavirus. This will prove to be a challenge as students will be from different schools but teachers will be able to merge whatever the students had covered and then help them to be able to move forward as a unit. This will also be helped by the fact that learners will be grouped based on classes and age.

With peer-to-peer lessons and group discussions, teachers would be able to grade their learners.

“Discussion groups should be used by teachers during learning and grading done among peers,” read a statement from the draft guidelines.

Will There be Commuting?

Teachers will not need to travel to places of work as they will be assigned to areas they are currently living in. However, teachers will have to register first with curriculum support officer and the sub-county education officers within places they are currently residing.

The lessons will be offered to learners free of charge, as teachers who will be involved are those employed by the government.

The commission will be monitoring community-based learning through a decentralized system at the regional, county, or zonal levels.

The ministry of interior will make sure all learners attend these sessions. This will be aided by the involvement of Chiefs and the Nyumba Kumi initiative who will assemble learners to be taught for free. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health will be supervising observance of the COVID-19 containment measures. Teachers will be oriented on how the learners will offer community-based learning to learners.

Challenges Community Based Learning Will Face

Community-based learning will face many problems because of the prolonged effects of COVID-19. The following are some of the problems we think teachers and children will face during community-based learning.

i)             Too Many or Too Few Teachers per Locality

Community-based learning will be carried out by teachers in the areas they are currently living in. this will mean that there is a possibility of having either many teachers in one place or a few teachers living at a particular locality.

ii)            Lack of interest from learners

Learners will be in holiday mood and the disruption of the normal academic routines will mean that whatever they will be learning will not necessarily mean much. Just like dogs to recognize a bad owner, students might realize this effort is just to keep them busy during this pandemic period. However, learners should be made to realize that it might be the new norm and take the community based learning seriously as the future of learning is not yet clear since the pandemic has not been fully contained at the time of writing this article.

iii)          Learning duration is too short to cover the syllabus

The four-hour period may not be sufficient to cover all content on the syllabus. Teachers will undergo orientation on community-based learning and the specific details of this exercise will come out.


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