Teachers Service Commission is fine-tuning the new guidelines as it prepares to roll out free community-based learning. The programme targets more than 10 million learners in public schools that are not offering virtual lessons like most private academies.
Classes will take place in open places and halls under strict adherence of Ministry of Health Covid-19 protocols.
With many study weeks lost, cases of early pregnancies and drug abuse among learners reported each day, the community based programme is expected to ease parents’ burden.
During the face to face lessons, teachers will be required to engage learners on life skills and values such as weeding, cultivating, grazing animals, storytelling, planting, debating life issues and hygiene. Tutors will be required to offer guidance counselling and psychosocial support as guided by the code of regulations for teachers.
The commission will monitor and supervise the programme through decentralized services at regional, country and zonal level. The draft states that grading of learners will be permitted as teachers will be required to adopt group work with emphasis on peer to peer learning.
While teaching and interacting with learners, teachers will be required to emphasize, modern pedagogical practices like group work, peer feedback and blended learning.
The activities may also be conducted online and may help to extend students attention spans.