Three hundred and eighty two science teachers underwent a three weeks intense training in Kiambu County ahead of a planned rollout of on-line lessons for students in public schools.
The director of Education in Kiambu Mrs.Victoria Mulili told KNA the training in three selected centers was to empower teachers to cope and handle the lessons to the students after schools closed prematurely in first term following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
She said the teachers completed the activity on 28th August in preparation to the ongoing programme in which the Government intends to roll out on-line learning.They began on 10th August 2020.
“On completion of their training, the teachers who teach Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics will enroll the students on goggle classrooms so that they continue learning while at home” noted the Director.
Prior to that, they will create content which they will rely on as they continue to teach their students on-line.
She said the training for the teachers was conducted by the centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMSTEA) which has been instrumental in retooling the teachers to advance in the new frontier amid the pandemic which has hit the world.
The director assured parents that the Government was doing her best in preparing the teachers to cope with the pandemic so that they can be able to handle the students soon so that they do not miss out now that the dates for re-opening schools could not be predicted.
She further advised them to undertake their parental responsibility as their children continued to be in their custody so that they also can appreciate the role that teachers undertook when the children were in school.
Mrs. Mulili added that CEMSTEA had also trained 43 county trainers and sub-county heads so that they could continuously guide the teachers under their jurisdiction on the way forward as they continue to embrace technology in the new normal.
She congratulated the teachers for being able to complete the training and being ready to disseminate useful content to the students who have missed a lot following the closure of schools in March 2020.
By Lydia Shiloya