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Esther Nyambura

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

 

 



article written by Winfred/CEMASTEA

During her first official visit to the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), the Cabinet Secretary for Education Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, CBS, CAV, EGH congratulated CEMASTEA for the excellent work. She promised that the Ministry of Education wouldsupport the training programmes offered by the Centre.


 

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV signing the visitor’s book at CEMASTEA)

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

She recapitulated that CEMASTEA training programmes being primarily on Mathematics, Science and Technology are in line with the government’s commitment to promote innovativeness, effectiveness, creativity and technology transfer which is supported by the constitution, the National Education Sector Plan of 2014-2018 and the Sessional Paper No. 2 of 2016, the Basic Education Act 2013, Science, Technology & Innovation Act 2013 and Vison 2030.  The training programmes will promote Teacher Professional Development and improve skills of Mathematics and Science Teachers

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAVwatering an Elgon Teak tree she planted during her official visit to CEMASTEA

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

She stated that teachers need to go beyond the mere transfer of knowledge and instead equip learners with problem solving, creative and collaborative skills which will establish a connection between school work, work place, community and the global economy.

 

The CS, MoE and the Director CEMASTEA being taken through a demonstration by Prof. Ishikawa at the Innovations Lab-CEMASTEA

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

She was impressed with the exhibitions and innovations that the students showcased during her visit and confirmedthat the focus on STEM education is beginning to bear fruits.

The CS MoE, Director CEMASTEA and the CEMASTEA staff being taken through a robotic demonstration by students from Jamhuri High School

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

She remarked that the need to commercialize these innovations would create job opportunities and there is a need to match the innovations with what the job market requires.

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV speaking during her visit to CEMASTEA

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

  

The CS MoE receives a crate of bottled water distilled by students from St. Albert’s Ulanda Girls’ High school following the STEM trainings by CEMASTEA

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

She challenged the teachers, students and stakeholders to positively take the STEM programmes offered by the Centre.

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV (centre) poses for a group photo with students and teachers from Olekajuado High School

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV (centre) poses for a group photo with students and teachers from St. Alberts Girls UlandaHigh School

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV (centre) poses for a group photo with students and teachers from St Mary’s Ngarariga High School

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV (centre) poses for a group photo with students and a teacher from Jamhuri High School

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV (centre) poses for a group photo with students from Buru Buru Girls High School

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV (centre) poses for a group photo with CEMASTEA staff

[Photo: Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Centre for Mathematics, Science Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is today honoured to host on behalf of the Ministry of Education, the CS Education Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohammed. E.G.H, CAV. The meeting was an extensive briefing session where she was taken through the policies, programs and initiatives the ministry is undertaking.

 

Mr. Stephen Njoroge, HSC, Director CEMASTEA welcomes Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV for a meeting at CEMASTEA, Karen

 

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV signing the visitors book at CEMASTEA

 

Left Dr. Belio Kipsang MOE, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV and Mr. Stephen Njoroge, HSC, Director CEMASTEA at CEMASTEA, Karen

 

Seated from (far Left) Mr. Simon Kavisi, Deputy Commission Secretary, (TSC) (2nd left) Mr. Stephen Njoroge, Director, CEMASTEA, (3rd Left) Dr. Belio Kipsang PS Basic Education, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, EGH, CAV, Hon. Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary, Prof Japheth Ntiba PS University Education and Research (standing) members of staff from state department of early learning and basic education at CEMASTEA, Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 


On Friday January 5, 2018, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) was honoured to host His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, President and Commander in Chief of the Defense Forces of the Republic of Kenya as he presided over the Commissioning of Core Course Books for Secondary schools. The function was spearheaded by the Ministry of Education.

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta guides Domita Nyambura, a pupil from Karen C Primary to sign the visitor’s book at CEMASTEA Karen

Prof. Colletta A. Suda(left) CBS, Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education, Mr. Joe Mucheru (second left) CS Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Dr Belio Kipsang, Principal Secretary Ministry of Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education and (far right) Mr. Stephen M. Njoroge, HSC Director CEMASTEA

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta, seated with from left: Dr. Diana Mwinzi, Principal Secretary Vocational & Technical Training, Prof. Colletta A. Suda, CBS, Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, CS, Ministry of Education, Mr. Joe Mucheru, CS Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang’, Principal Secretary Ministry of Education, Science and Technology during the textbooks launch at CEMASTEA, Karen

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta sharing a light moment with Mr. Wilson Sossion KNUT Secretary General, Prof. George Magoha, Chairperson KNEC and Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education during the launch of textbooks at CEMASTEA Karen

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta flagging off the textbooks during the launch at CEMASTEA, Karen

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta handing over textbooks to pupils from Karen C Primary School during the launch at CEMASTEA, Karen

 


Pupils drawn from Kanjora Primary School, D.E.B Kahiga-ini Primary School, Karuna-ini Primary School and Gathathi-Ini Primary School in Nyeri County got a warm treat from the five member team from CEMASTEA when they visited their schools to donate books on peace education. Peace Education was the theme for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) held from Thursday January 18, 2018 to Friday January 19, 2018.

Led by Mrs. Beatrice Macharia, the Deputy Coordinator Training, CEMASTEA and Mr. Philip Maate, the Deputy Dean Physics Education department, CEMASTEA; the team spent the two days interacting and engaging the pupils, parents and teachers in educational and motivational talks before awarding the pupils with the Peace Education story books including the teachers’ guide which were donated by the Ministry of Education (MoE) through Mrs. Macharia’s initiative and the Communication Department of CEMASTEA with the great support from  the Director CEMASTEA, Mr. Stephen M. Njoroge, HSC.

CEMASTEA Book Donation: Pupils from Karuna-ini Primary School and their teachers receiving books from Mrs. Beatrice Macharia-Deputy Cordinator, TrainingCEMASTEA (left) and Mr. Philip Maate, Deputy Dean Physics CEMASTEA (right)[Photo: Charles Karani]

The aim for donating the books was to sensitize the pupils, teachers and the parents on the importance of Peace Education that has also been incorporated in the new curriculum.

Speaking to the parents, Mrs. Macharia emphasized that the home environment affects the school environment, therefore there is need to create a good environment for the children at home since this will see them through their other learning environments. She encouraged the teachers to be more innovative in teaching and learning to ensure that the performance is improved.

Teachers from D.E.B Kahiga-ini Primary school in Nyeri County receiving guidance for ‘Teacher Activity Book’ on Peace Education from Mrs. Beatrice Macharia (right) and Mr. Philip Maate (left) during the book donation by CEMASTEA. [Photo: Charles Karani]

On the other hand, Mr. Maate encouraged both the teachers and the parents on the importance of team work. He also gave them an illustration paraphrasing it from the bible in Colossians 3:23 on the need to take responsibility.

The pupils were encouraged to work hard in their studies and not to indulge in behaviours that will lead them into bad habits like drug abuse. They were also told to embrace peace in their lives and learning.

The CSR is among the activities and projects lined up in the CEMASTEA Calendar this year.

 

Dan Orero/CEMASTEA

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 Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA)

 A new study shows that about a quarter of the available annual schooling time is used on non-learning activities

The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) conducted a study to understand the quantity and quality of teacher- students’ interactions in schools. Phase I of this study which focused on the quantity of time teachers and students interacted was conducted in selected primary and secondary schools in three counties: Kisumu, Uasin Gishu and Tharaka Nithi in Term 1 of 2017. The three counties represented an urban-rural spectrum based on the Commission for Revenue Allocation (2011) fact sheet with Kisumu County representing the urban counties, Uasin Gishu representing semi-urban counties and Tharaka Nithi representing rural counties. In total, 40 schools 20 each from the primary and secondary level participated in the study. The schools were distributed as follows: 10 schools 5 each from the primary and secondary level in Kisumu and Tharaka Nithi counties; and 20 schools 10 each from the primary and secondary level in Uasin Gishu County.

The study involved principals and head teachers of the selected schools as well as mathematics and science teachers in those schools. Also, selected were Standard Five and Form Two students from the schools who participated in the study. Data were collected from principals, head teachers, and teachers through questionnaires. Principals and head teachers were interviewed through a one-one semi structured interviews to understand about the school calendars, routines and mechanisms used to cover for any time loses. On the other hand, a focus group discussion was conducted with the students to understand from their point of view the activities in school and the time apportioned to them.

 The findings of the study are summarised as follows:

  • There is inconsistency between the available time for schooling as guided by the MOE and suggested time for coverage of content in the syllabus. While the MOE guides that schools have 35 weeks of available time for learning, the syllabus (KIE, 2002) as drawn by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) suggests a time for coverage of the syllabus of as high as 40 weeks. 
  • Secondary schools that participated in the study spent an average of 29.5% of the school time per year on activities other than coverage of content as prescribed in the syllabus while primary schools utilised 28.6% on average on similar activities. The activities included: opening procedures such as issuing of text books and cleaning the classes and school compound in general; closing procedures such as marking and preparation of report cards, cleaning the classes and school compound in general and examinations. Overall, secondary schools in rural areas were more efficient in the utilisation of time with an average of 24.2% of the official annual school time spent on non-learning activities. On the other hand, secondary schools in urban settings were less efficient with time utilisation with an average of 34.2% of the official annual school time spent on non-learning activities.  As for primary schools, those in the semi-urban areas were more efficient in the utilisation of time with an average of 26.6% of the official annual school time spent on non-learning activities. Just like secondary schools in the urban region, primary schools in the urban region were also found to be less efficient with time utilisation with an average of 31.6% of the official annual school time spent on non-learning activities. 
  • Schools employed a variety of ‘coping’ strategies to compensate for official school time spent on non-learning activities. Notable were those strategies that encroached on students’ right to breaks (i.e., health and lunch breaks) and recreational breaks such as games time. This was done by elongating the recommended teaching time of 35 minutes and 40 minutes for each lesson for primary and secondary schools respectively to as long as one hour per lesson for primary schools and teaching an extra lesson during lunch time for secondary schools.

 These findings provide the much-needed empirical data that should provoke debate regarding effective utilisation of available school time by schools. More important is the debate on the attainment of goals of education especially those involving learning for understanding against the backdrop of cognitive overloads that students are likely to experience as a result of learning with limited breaks.  The findings call for a harmonisation of guidelines on available time by MOE and suggestions on the time needed to cover the content in the syllabus. It is recommended that MOE develops mechanisms for Monitoring how time is utilised in schools to ensure that students benefit from their time in school in meaningful ways.

 

 


Congratulations to Mr. Paul Kamau Thairu; i -TOYA winner following his HSC award (Civilian Division) by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.

 i -TOYA competition 2017 was a collaboration between CEMASTEA,TSC, eKitabu and KESSHA.


Education: City- based Centre boosting science teaching in Africa

By: Joe Ombuor

October 32017

Nairobi- based Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Africa has trained hundreds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers from across the continent the institution’s Director Mr Stephen Njoroge has said.

He said the skills acquired had trickled down to thousands of others and their students as those trained become trainer of their colleagues with the end result of improved performance.

The director spoke when he presented certificates to 43 participants from seven African countries at the end of a two- week training session organized together with Kenya’s Ministry of Education and the Japan International Co-operation Agency.

Mr. Stephen Njoroge (right)Director, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa, presents a certificate to a participant. [Dan Orero/CEMASTEA]


By: OumaWanzala

September 24 2017

The Teachers Service Commission has said there is need for regular training of practicing teachers in Kenya and other countries in the region.

TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia, said this will enable teachers to continuously equip themselves with opportunities to update and improve their knowledge and teaching techniques.

“This will greatly impact how they deliver lessons and effectively offer and education that is not only relevant but focused on real world problems,” said Mrs. Macharia

Ms. Macharia made the remarks at the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa during a training of mathematics and science teachers from seven African countries in the region on in Nairobi.

The two-week training will end next week. “I am delighted therefore to see continental efforts being made to improve the professional practice of teachers that will enhance the quality of education and learner achievement, “added Ms. Macharia.

Mrs. Macharia said the in-service education and training will increase teachers ‘capacity for a deeper understanding of the continent, how students learn and a broaden comprehension of clear- cut teaching skills and strategies that ultimately result in student learning.

Association for the Development of Education in Africa senior Finance and budget office Foday Kargbo underscored the role of governments and development partners in achieving both continental blue prints and global agenda

 

Mrs. Nancy Macharia, CEO Teachers Service Commission.[File]


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