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NATIONAL In-Service Education and Training (INSET) 2018

NATIONAL In-Service Education and Training (INSET) 2018

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This year, CEMASTEA intends to train a total of 8,013 mathematics and science teachers of teaching experience of 21 years and above drawn from 47 counties. The training will be on expectations of the ongoing school curriculum reforms that lay emphasis on making learners acquire competencies to fit in the 21st Century work environment. All the mathematics and science teachers from the ASAL areas will however be targeted.

The training is implemented in a cascade manner where 1,117 County trainers -Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) in mathematics and science education - are trained at the national level and then expected to train the 8,013 mathematics and science teachers in the various INSET centres at the County level during school holidays in 2018.

 The teachers were taken through Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) using the 5E (engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration and evaluation) instructional model. This is in-line with the on-going curriculum reforms that emphasizes on Competency based curriculum that Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has rolled out in the on-going curriculum reforms.

The secondary National INSET was conducted in two batches. Batch one, over the First term mid-term holiday, from 25th February to 2nd March 2018 and the 2nd Batch from Monday April 9 to 13th April 2018 in four centres; Nakuru at Jarika Hotel, Embu at Isack Wolton, Nyandarua at Tabor Hill Centre with CEMASTEA hosting the training for Nairobi County.

Participants in Embu were drawn from Murang’a, Kitui, Meru Nyandarua, Nakuru, Nyeri, TharakaNithi and Kajiado Counties.

Nakuru Centre hosted Mombasa, Vihiga, Makueni, Kisumu, Kisii, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok,

Turkana, West Pokot, Nandi, Bomet and Trans Nzoia Counties

 Nyandarua hosted Uasin Gishu, Samburu, Kiambu, Baringo, Nairobi, Machakos, Kirinyaga Embu, Laikipia and Kericho

 CEMASTEA hosted Siaya, Kakamega, Nyamira, Marsabit, Bungoma, Kilifi, Homa Bay, Mandera, Lamu, Isiolo, Busia, Migori, Garissa, Kwale, Wajir, Tana River and TaitaTaveta Counties.

Mr. Stephen Njoroge-HSC, Director CEMASTEA, 

During the opening ceremony of Secondary National INSET Batch 2 at CEMASTEA



      Director of Special Education, Ms Maria Cherono,               Dr. Darius  Mutisya, Director, Quality Assurance and Standards

 making her remarks at Tubor Hill Center , Nyandarua                                 at Jarika Hotel, Nakuru County

The participants were urged to allow learners experience Maths and Science while teaching for this would promote critical thinking, enhance communication & collaboration skills, creation of new innovations and to continue upgrading their pedagogical content knowledge in order to be in tandem with the ever changing needs of learners in the 21st Century.


Mr. Stephen Njoroge-HSC, the Director CEMASTEA (seated-centre) with some of the participants and trainers


                                        Participants and CEMASTEA trainers during different sessions of the training


             Prof Malonza (Board Member, CEMASTEA) and Dr Mutuku (Kenyatta University) monitoring the National INSET)

The one – week training was successfully completed on Friday April 13, 2018 with the

TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia saying that under the new guidelines, teachers in all schools and tertiary colleges will be trained in line with global trends in Teacher Professional Development (TPD). In speeches read by TSC officials officiating on behalf of the TSC boss, Assistant Deputy Directors at TSC, Charles Kimwomi in Embu, and Madam Regina A. Opondo, in Nakuru, informed the participants that the training is in line with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)-Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme launched on 16th April 2018

She exuded confidence that teachers would demonstrate understanding of the broad 21st Century student’s outcomes and support systems by the end of the five day course. “You are expected to provide learners with a variety of information resources and technological tools to mediate learning,” she told the teachers. “Back in your schools, you should be able to organize content into an effective learning and teaching progression.”She urged experienced teachers who had undergone refresher courses such as the one facilitated by CEMASTEA in different regions to mentor new entrants.“We count on you to revolutionize learning in our schools, “she said.


Ass. Deputy Director at TSC, Charles Kimwomi                   Ass. Deputy Director at TSC, Regina A.Opondo

Mr. Milton Moka, Director Early Childhood and Teacher Training, MoE, represented by Ms. Margaret Gittiya, Senior Assistant Director of Education (Right) while speaking to the participants during the closing ceremony of SMASE Secondary National Inset, Batch two at CEMASTEA, noted that the trainings are aimed at achieving Vision 2030. She encouraged the participants to take seriously what they have learnt since it would only make sense if they are able to practice it. Ms. Gittiya, while speaking said that it was great to see the participants complete their training and were now able to cascade it. She noted that the 21st Century teacher should be a technological master, collaborative, adaptive, a long life learner and be able to advocate for their profession since the goal of the teacher is to impart knowledge.

She mentioned on behalf of Mr. Moka that; “New ways of work, communication, doing business, conducting social relations and so on are quickly emerging. All these transformations are being facilitated by Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) whose building blocks are basic Science and Mathematics”.

The participants were reminded of the greater chance they are having of revolutionizing teaching in schools. “Our expectation is that you will mentor the new entrants in the profession into great teachers who are able to inspire learners into innovators”, said Ms. Gittiya


                   Ms.Margaret Gittiya,                              Participants during the SMASE Secondary National Inset 2018-Batch 2, 

   Senior Assistant Director of Education                              closing ceremony at Sugiyama hall CEMASTEA

 Certificates of participation were awarded to the participants after successfully completing the training she urged them to do their best in the various schools.


         Participant are awarded with certificates after successfully completing the one-week training at CEMASTEA

cultural night

During INSET, a cultural evening is held to accord participants the opportunity to show case their culture through dances and artefacts aimed at enhancing national cohesion where different communities appreciate each other’s cultures. Each Centre during the 2018 National INSET held a cultural evening.

At CEMASTEA, the cohort’s president, Mr. Ikapel Corns Pius emphasised that the eighth cohort was unique owing the participant’s cultural diversity having been drawn from predominantly border counties. He said that the cultural night was interesting and participants learnt that the blend of the diverse Kenyan cultures if appreciated would lead to respect for one another in unity, integration and cohesion.


                                                            Participants presenting during the cultural night



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