The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has been making plans that will see the Bachelor of Education degree banned from its acceptable degree.
In its place, TSC will have teachers pursue regular arts of sciences degrees from various stakeholders.
TSC has set September as the date when the first batch of student teachers will embark on a three-year course on either bachelor of arts or science.
After graduation, they will be required to enroll in a post-diploma course in education which will take one year. According to the commission’s secretary Dr. Nancy Macharia, the plans are part of a wider scheme aimed at preparing secondary school teachers ahead of the CBC’s full rollout
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The first grade of CBC will be admitted to junior secondary schools in January 2023 which will be domiciled in the current secondary schools.
Teachers will be required to undergo training on technology, creativity, computer application in teaching, and the use of phones in education
This is because a competency-based curriculum is fashioned to make learners creative and self-sufficient as opposed to the current theoretical 8-4-4 education system.
However, the proposals have been resisted by teachers’ unions citing a lack of consultations with education stakeholder.
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KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba has urged the commission to hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss the proposals first before implementation. These aren’t the only changes that TSC plans to introduce.
Already, the entry point for all persons interested in joining teaching has been set at diploma ending P1 certificates.
Traditionally, the majority of secondary school teachers are trained at public universities and public colleges and are required to specialize in two teaching subjects. Those trained in public universities spend four years while those in diploma train for three years before receiving certification.
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This means that at the end of four years in universities, the graduate can opt to take the state licensing exams and become a fully certified teacher by attending KSE.
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