The Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is taking the lead in making sure the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) is properly put into action. They’re doing this by training and helping Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers. Their goal is to improve how teachers work together and share knowledge to make the CBC successful.

CEMASTEA is introducing a model called Community of Practice (CoP). This model helps teachers and students who have the same goals or interests to work together. They can share ideas, solve problems, and learn from each other.

George Kiruja, the Program Coordinator, says this model is important for filling gaps in how the curriculum is taught. Teachers can learn from each other and work together to get good results. The idea is for teachers to help each other, share the best ways to teach, and solve problems together.

This approach helps teachers use local resources to teach students. Kiruja says this during a training session for teachers from 15 counties in Kisumu. He believes that by working together, teachers will feel more confident, and students will learn better.

The CoP can include teachers from the same school or from different schools in the same area. Teachers can share their experiences face-to-face, online, or through a mix of both. They’re also encouraged to use social media like WhatsApp to connect.

CEMASTEA has created a platform where teachers can share their challenges so they can get the help they need. Kiruja says the CoP can also include students. When students work together and share their interests, they learn better.

Lucy Wairimu, a teacher from Nakuru County, says the training was helpful. It will help teachers involve students more and use new teaching methods. Francis Wafula, a teacher from Busia County, says CEMASTEA’s training has helped them become more creative in teaching and use resources like local materials and technology.

Wafula believes teachers need more training to meet students’ needs. He thinks Junior Schools should operate independently from primary schools. This way, they can have their own activities like sports events and science fairs to help students prepare for senior school.