When the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) released a schedule for retooling of teachers for Junior Secondary Schools, KEWOTA was ecstatic.
As a welfare organisation for teachers, at its centre is taking the message closer home to teachers across the republic. It is even better when the message is in tandem with the aspirations of a digitally enabled learning environment in Kenya.
Just a few days ago, KEWOTA launched a laptop project like no other- fully loaded with over 120 books fully approved by Kenya Institute of Education (KICD) and can be found in the Orange Book. And at an affordable cost, which KEWOTA arranges for its members, the teacher is able to teach and mark assignments of students without wasting time writing notes for days on end.
The extent of how the laptop elicits interest among teachers was proved today in Kisii County during a JSS retooling meeting where KEWOTA had sent three representatives to share their experience on KEWOTA laptops.
Stephen Onditi, Florence Nduva and Margaret Ochako sent the hall into absolute silence as Onditi demonstrated how the laptop helps a teacher with one of the lessons. He had chosen Physical Education. Onditi is one of the male members of KEWOTA.
Unknown to him, as he demonstrated, the teachers, many of whom are football fans, just discovered a simpler way to deliver PE lessons to learners without re-inventing the wheel. And with that, so many teachers joined KEWOTA.
The interest has been recorded across the republic where KEWOTA has engaged the teachers – on what KEWOTA stands for- during the retooling meetings. As a result, KEWOTA has recorded a rise in membership as teachers begin to discover that KEWOTA stands for the betterment of teachers.
Kepsha Chair – Kisii South, also endorsed KEWOTA and dissuaded the teachers from being misled about KEWOTA. he emphasised that KEWOTA is not in competition with Unions and that joining is voluntary.
To get a laptop, which saves the teachers from carrying many textbooks, all you need to do is to be a KEWOTA member. The rest will follow.
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