All secondary school teachers will have to undergo a one-year mandatory post-graduate diploma in teaching before getting licensed to teach.

All university graduates aspiring to be teachers will have to undergo a post-graduate diploma in education according to the new proposals that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) have outlined

Reports indicate that the Commission has begun a transformative agenda that will see the framework for entry to enter the teaching service revised.

“All the 8-4-4 and Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) students must undertake first, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science courses for a period of three years majoring on the key subjects and, thereafter, undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Education for a period of one year for teaching at junior and senior school and SNE (Special Needs Education),” stated the document.

The Director for Quality Assurance and Standards at the TSC Dr. Reuben Ntamburi prepared the document which points to a possible TSC plan to encourage specialization.

“Diploma in Education courses for CBC students at each level shall be three years after 8-4-4 and senior school since they will have had time for specialization in the content areas,” read the document.

“There is a need to have pathways for teacher education at Diploma level (ECDE, junior and Senior Secondary, SNE).

According to TSC, the minimum qualification for entry of a Diploma in education has also been recommended. Admission into all diplomas and degrees in teacher education courses will be “demand-driven” meaning that the number of teachers who graduate every year will be controlled.

Besides, TSC proposed that teachers will have to choose whether to teach in ECDE, junior and senior secondary

Between March and April 2022, at least 60,000 secondary school teachers will be trained to handle junior secondary classes. Already the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) trained 120,000 primary school teachers to handle grade six learners next term.

The training which was organized by both TSC and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) happened in December and took four days. In 2023 the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) will spill over to junior secondary. The junior secondary school will comprise Grades 7, 8, and 9.

In 2023, pioneer learners under the new 2-6-3-3-3 CBC system will transition to junior secondary school after sitting the Grade Six national examinations.  The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) said curriculum designs from Grade One to Ten are ready.

Already the construction of the classes to accommodate the Grade 7, 8, and 9 is ongoing. Interior’s CS Fred Matiang’i said Chiefs will supervise the construction of 11,600 new classrooms in schools countrywide.

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