The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) has maintained that over 340,000 teachers on payroll should enroll for the mandatory TPD programme.
TPD Service Providers have continued to advertise for the programme, wooing teachers to register.
“Six reasons to enrol at MKU for Teacher Professional Development, visit https://www.mku.ac.ke/tpd Download MKU TPD app from Play store to register. Thank you,” read a message sent to teachers by Mount Kenya University.
The programme faces numerous bottlenecks with most resistance coming from teachers.
Recently a judge of the Employment and Labour Relations Court declined to suspend the implementation of the TPD Programme.
Judge David Nderitu noted that the issues raised in the petition were weighty. Unless the case is heard and concluded Nderitu said TSC can proceed with the programme.
Joseph Ngethe Karanja filed a petition challenging the TPD program. In a petition filed at the High Court in Nakuru, Ngethe sued the TSC, Education Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, Kenya National Union of Teachers, Kenyatta University, Mt Kenya University, Riara University and Kenya Education Management Institute.
Ngethe, in the suit, argues that the decision to have teachers undergo mandatory refresher training violates their rights.
“Teachers and education stakeholders were not engaged by TSC in the development of the content of the module to be undertaken in the professional development programme,” says Ngethe in the petition.
Over 40 Kuppet branch secretaries also made a declaration rejecting the training program which TSC said will take 30 years.
The modules which are five in number will cost shs. 6,000 yearly. The modules are divided into chapters that teachers will study during their career life. Teachers will pay for the training.
Kenyatta University, Riara University, Mount Kenya University and the Kenya Education Management Institute (Kemi) were picked by TSC to train the teachers.