State Revises College Entry Requirements For Teachers. Revisions to the entry standards for teacher training colleges (TTCs) have given students who want to teach in primary and secondary schools cause for relief.
Previously, a student needed to obtain an overall grade of C with a C in each of the cluster areas of math, English, and kiswahili as well as a C in a science and humanities course to qualify for teacher training.
With the new requirements, a student must have a C (plain) average overall with no clusters in math, English, or Kiswahili. However, a student needs to have a C plain and a C plus in two subjects in order to train as a secondary school teacher.
This is in accordance with the PWPER’s (the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms) recommendations. The Ministry of Education was requested by the Kenya Teachers Colleges Principals’ Association (KTCPA) to send circulars to TTCs allowing them to accept the amended entry requirements.
“The updated entry standards are crucial for the nation because, for instance, a teacher must be proficient in the subject matter of their area of specialization, necessitating a better grade in that subject.
At first, the subject grade was still a C plus. But the average grade has dropped from a C plus to a C plain,” stated KTCPA Chairman Paul Barasa.
According to Mr. Barasa, the competency-based teacher education program has been embraced by all TTCs.
“In the primary teacher training colleges, we have the Diploma in Primary Teacher Education, Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education, and Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education. I can confirm that all the private and public TTCs have started these programmes, which are up and running,” he continued. Kenya has a total of 35 public and 28 private TTCs that offer ECDE, a diploma in primary and secondary teacher education, and other programs.
Education advocates claimed that the new admission standards will assist TTCs that are having trouble filling their programs with pre-service teachers. Less than 20 students are enrolled in some TTCs.
Ezekiel Machogu, the cabinet secretary for education, listed the issues TTCs face as being insufficient budgetary allocations, parents who pay tuition late, and low enrollment.
The CS expressed optimism that the increased number of pre-service teachers will result from the updated TTC admission standards.
“However, maintaining the standard of learning will provide additional obstacles. The PWPER task force recommended that the ministry create rules for a one-year retooling and upgrading program for teachers who graduated before 2023, the CS said, adding that his ministry has already begun developing implementation plans for the task force’s recommendations.
The CS challenged teacher educators to develop well-trained teachers who can successfully apply the competency-based curriculum in schools while speaking at the annual meeting of principals of public and private teacher training institutes at the Voyager Hotel in Mombasa.
State Revises College Entry Requirements For Teachers