CEMASTEA Commences Training for Junior Secondary School Teachers to Foster STEM Pathway

In light of the changing education environment, CEMASTEA which stands for the Centre for Mathematics Science and Technology Education in Africa is working on enhancing the skills of Junior Secondary School teachers by providing them with training in science related subjects. CEMASTEA aims to ensure that educators have the abilities to successfully integrate the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and help students progress towards pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, in Senior School.

Quick Summary:

  • CEMASTEA initiates training for JSS teachers to enhance CBC implementation.
  • The training focuses on equipping teachers with pedagogical content knowledge.
  • Key areas of focus include Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) and integration of ICT in teaching.
  • The initiative aims to foster a learner-centered approach and promote STEM education across Kenya.

Training Objectives and Focus Areas:

The initiative aims to educate approximately 9,595 teachers who are responsible for pre-technical studies, Agriculture, and Nutrition subjects in JSS. The primary objectives of the initiative include:

  • Providing pedagogical content knowledge to support effective CBC implementation.
  • Facilitating the transition of 60% of JSS learners towards the STEM pathway in SS.

The training curriculum encompasses various focus areas that are essential to fostering student-centered pedagogies while enhancing teaching practices:

  1. Inquiry Based Learning (IBL): Teachers are trained to employ IBL methodologies which foster critical thinking as well as problem-solving skills among students.
  2. Innovative Teaching and Learning Activities: Educators learn to design engaging and interactive learning experiences to captivate learners’ interest while enhancing comprehension.
  3. Integration of ICT in Teaching: The incorporation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) aims to modernize teaching methods and cater to the digital learning needs of 21st-century students.
  4. Lesson Planning: Teachers are guided on effective lesson planning techniques which are tailored to CBC designs for Grade 8 that ensure alignment with curriculum objectives.
  5. Professional Growth and Mentorship: The initiative promotes the establishment of communities of practice to facilitate professional development and peer support among teachers.
  6. Career Guidance: Teachers are equipped with strategies to provide mentorship and career guidance to students which in turn foster a holistic development as well as make informed career choices.

Regional Implementation and Impact:

The training sessions took place in various locations including Kisumu, Machakos and Nakuru serving educators from all 47 counties in Kenya. After completing the training, participants are expected to share their knowledge and skills with their communities thereby spreading the impact of the initiative across the country.

This initiative has received support from several stakeholders including the Ministry of Education (MoE). Lawrence Karuntimi, the Director of Education for Nyanza Region highlighted the importance of CEMASTEA’s involvement in addressing knowledge gaps in teaching content while strengthening STEM education within the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). The MoE has reiterated its dedication in promoting access, to STEM education and using technology to improve learning experiences.

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