Importance and examples of extracurricular activities to students

Students in extracurricular activities

Human beings are multifaceted beings who need growth in all aspects of life. For most people their early life is spent in school which mostly majors on academics and not other aspects of life.

However to have an all rounded individual student requires to also participate in the extracurricular activities. In this post we look at benefits that a student can achieve by getting involved in life outside the classroom.

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List of diploma courses offered in Kenya and their requirements.

A diploma course is a skill-based level of training that equips students with skills for middle-level managers. The diploma courses offered in Kenya are in different fields such as engineering, technical, business computing and informatics, fashion, hospitality, and health science among others.

Diploma course minimum requirements

The basic minimum requirement to pursue any diploma course in Kenya is a KCSE mean grade of C- or a pass in the relevant craft certificate course. However, some courses may require a C plain and specific pass in some subjects depending on the field.

Diploma courses are offered in universities, national polytechnics, TTIs, and TVCs both public and private. The examinations and certification for diplomas are done by different bodies such as KNEC, TVETCDACC, KASNEB, Professional bodies, universities, etc.

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Types and importance of digital literacy in CBC curriculum

types of digital literacy

Digital literacy means equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate and utilize digital tools and technologies. The 21st-century learner should be equipped with the knowledge necessary to use the latest technologies that are used to collect, analyse, process, store, and disseminate information in the world.

Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) has included digital literacy as one of the core competencies that all learners should have to meet the needs of the current information age.

The main types of digital skills that are taught in class are internet literacy, cyber security, media, basic office applications, computer hardware, and information literacy among others.

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TSC requirements for registration and employment

The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) is established by the Kenya Constitution 2010 article 237 to manage teacher issues in the education system in Kenya. One of the main functions of the TSC commission is to register all teachers who are operating in Kenya whether employed by the government or not. It is also mandated to recruit and employ teachers in primary and secondary schools and other institutions that the TSC manages.

To achieve this mandate there are established guidelines and requirements for registration as a teacher and recruitment. The guidelines are also used when students want to enroll in teacher school to be trained as teachers.

To register as a teacher in Kenya you are required to have a Diploma or Bachelor’s in education in the respective area of specialization. You should also meet all other general requirements as set out by TSC.

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What is TSC TPAD appraisal benefits, objectives and process?

The Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) is an online system that TSC uses for quality assurance and performance evaluation of teachers. As per the Teachers Service Commission Code of Regulations for Teachers, 2015 TSC is mandated to create an open appraisal system to strengthen supervision and continuously monitor the performance of teachers in curriculum implementation.

The system was introduced in 2016 for both primary and post-primary teachers. The headteacher is the oversight authority in the institution concerning TPAD.

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Professional documents of a teacher and headteacher in a school

To streamline education in Kenya and content delivery in classrooms the TSC has guidelines that indicate the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders within its organization structure.

From the headteacher and classroom teacher roles and functions the TSC has developed a checklist of professional and legal documents that each should maintain.

It should be noted that these documents are used to evaluate the teacher during the appraisal process that is done on the TPAD system. In this regard, the document must be maintained, updated, and available at any time when requested by the supervisor.

Some of the professional documents for a teacher are timetables, scheme of work, the record of work, syllabi, notes, TPAD records, record of marks, and cocurricular activities among others. The headteacher documents are master timetables, staff personal files, BOM meetings, circulars, and memos among others.

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Roles of TSC county and sub-county director

Education functions in Kenya are not devolved and hence they are managed by the national government under the Ministry of Education and for teachers the TSC. However, the TSC is allowed to have its officers devolved into counties and sub-counties for easy management of teachers.

To manage all the teachers in public primary, secondary, and teacher training schools the TSC has offices in all the counties and sub-counties in the country.

The role assigned to county directors is the overall management of teacher and TSC matters at the county or subcounty level. Their roles include recruitment, transfer, TPAD, discipline, promotions, and enforcing TSC guidelines among other responsibilities assigned from headquarters.

In this article, we cover the roles and functions of both county and sub-county directors as stipulated in the TSC Code of Regulations for Teachers, 2015.

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Roles of headteacher, deputy, and classroom teacher in school

Teacher in classroom setting roles of headteacher

The Teacher Service Commission is among the independent commissions established by the Kenyan constitution to manage teachers in schools. It is mandated to recruit, deploy, promote, discipline, and deal with all issues of human resources relating to teachers in Kenyan schools.

To operationalize the commission the government came up with the Teachers Service Commission Code of Regulations for Teachers, 2015 which gives guidelines on all matter teachers in school.

The main role of the headteacher is to manage the resources both human and physical to ensure a conducive environment for learning. While the deputy is supposed to deputise the roles as assigned. The classroom teacher is to use the available resources to deliver the lesson to learners in the best way possible.

In this article, we look at the roles and responsibilities assigned to the headteacher, deputy headteacher, and teachers in primary, secondary, teacher training colleges, and other learning institutions under the TSC guidelines.

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National goals of education and their importance in Kenya

National goals of education give guiding principles on what a country’s education system seeks to achieve when a person goes through the system. The very first national goals in Kenya were formulated after Kenya became independent. They were highlighted in the first education commission led by Ominde in 1964 (Ominde Report).

They have been changed and improved but in general, they are the same. All other commissions and education reports keep on adopting those 8 national goals of education. The new CBC curriculum framework (BECF 2017) by KICD which introduced CBC still adopted the same goals.

So the government has been implementing the same goals of education since independence. However, the level at which these educational goals have been achieved is something that needs to be studied to ascertain how far we are in achieving them.

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List of Aviation Schools in Kenya

List of aviation School in Kenya

Aviation training schools are regulated by KCAA and other bodies in the aviation sector. They offer a variety of courses including, pilot training, safety, dangerous cargo, crew management, and ground and air hospitality among others.

When doing courses related to aviation ensure the school you are training is authorized and licensed for the course by the right body. Again, ensure they are registered to offer examination by internationally recognized aviation examining bodies.

Some of the best aviation schools in Kenya are EASA, Kenya School of Flying, Flight Training Center, 99 Flying, and Proactive Schools among others.

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