CONTEXT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES AND TEACHER OF BUSINESS STUDIES COMPETENCY IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KAJIADO COUNTY, KENYA

Mailo Emmanuel Munyao, Khavugwi Lilian Ganira, Paul Amollo Odundo, John Kamau Mwangi

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Potent policies directing professional development for teachers of Business studies focus on skills and competencies which address specific needs of learners for high achievement. Professional development for teachers of Business studies has been a trending phenomenon in the education sector in Kenya for enhancing effective teaching and learning. Contemporary training prepares teachers of Business studies with appropriate competencies for equipping learners with skills and capabilities to thrive in a dynamic and interconnected world that joins and engages the sense of curiosity. In addition, teachers of Business studies receive updates on modern pedagogical skills through pre-service training and capacity building and job motivation through teacher promotion for raising productivity. Professional development for teachers is guided by feasible policies which act as control mechanism for enhancing discipline, order and accountability in the teaching profession. Thus, this study determined the influence of policies guiding professional development on teacher of Business studies competency in Kajiado county, Kenya. The study was premised on the Context evaluation, Input evaluation, Process evaluation and Product evaluation model. Anchored on a descriptive survey design, the study targeted a population of 42 respondents from eleven public secondary schools and education offices in Isinya sub-county; Kajiado county. Data was gathered from teachers of Business studies using questionnaires and from school principals and sub-county education officials using interview schedules. Data collected was coded and fed into SPSS software version 25.0 and statistical analysis using inferential and descriptive statistics was done on cross-tabulations. The study found that policies guiding the professional development of teachers of Business studies were significantly related to teacher competency. The study recommends the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to formulate more feasible policies that guide professional development of teachers of Business studies through capacity building training, targeting contemporary issues surrounding Business studies and equipping teachers with practical skills critical for enhancing socio-economic development. Further, the study recommends the TSC to formulate attainable policies that guide and create morale of teachers of Business studies through continuous job promotion for high learner achievement.

 

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capacity building, policies guiding pedagogy, pre-service training, professional development, teacher competency, teacher promotion

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