KNEC Seeks Personnel to Manage CBC Qualifying Test
The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has embarked on a nomination process for center managers, supervisors and invigilators who will be involved in the administration of this year’s Teacher Education Examinations scheduled to start on July 4,2022 to July 27,2022.
The examinations body has therefore requested the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to help in identifying teachers to serve in those positions during the administration of this crucial examination under the teacher education.
The Commission, through a circular signed by Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Nancy Macharia, urged all its sub-county directors to identify and nominate the exam officials, and further vet them before deploying them to the KNEC Contracted Professionals (CP2) System.
“The 2022 Teacher Education Examinations are scheduled to start on July 4,2022 and end on July 27,2022 in preparation for the administration of these examinations, the Kenya National Examination Council would wish to have the details of all the Centre managers, supervisors and invigilators, who will be engaged in the activity,” said Dr Macharia in the circular.
The circular, which was copied to KNEC CEO Dr David Njengere and TSC Regional and county directors, further directs the TSC Sub-county directors to ensure that the number of supervisors and invigilators were rationalized to match need, especially during the optional papers.
“The centre managers should ensure only the required number of supervisors and invigilators report each day of the examinations and online attendance taken on daily basis. This will ensure teachers will not be idling around examination centres with no role to play,” added Dr Macharia in the circular.
According to the TSC Circular, the Primary Teacher Education (PTE) examinations will start on July 4,2022 and end on July 13,2022 while Teacher Certificate in Adult Education (TCAE) will run from July 4,2022 to July 6,2022.
The Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) examinations will start on July 4,2022 and end on July 7,2022, that of Diploma in Special Needs Education (SNE)examination will start on July 4,2022 to July 14,2022, and Diploma in Teacher Education (DTE) will start on July 4,2022 to July 27,2022.
The 90 PTE Colleges and examination centres will have a total of 151 invigilators and 110 supervisors, while the SNE colleges will be manned by 74 invigilators and 22 supervisors.
The 18 Diploma Teacher Education Colleges with a total entry of 889 candidates will be managed by 50 invigilators and 20 supervisors,443 ECDE colleges and examination centres will have 976 invigilators and 443 supervisors while 7 centres for TCAE colleges will have 7 supervisors and 16 invigilators.
In the new development, the former Certificate in Primary Teacher Education (PTE) commonly known as P1 Certificate, has been renamed Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE), which is basically meant to train teacher trainees who will directly go and teach the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) after graduation.
Under the new plan, TTCs are expected to ensure that the teacher trainees receive appropriate training and professional development, which will accord them an opportunity to engage in research, since the tutors will guide the teacher trainees appropriately to embrace the shift from the Objective-Based to the CBC, which is hinged on use of learner-centered methodologies for realization of expected outcomes.
The new entry grade has been raised from C-(minus) to C(plain) for both the courses for KCSE certificate holders, with C(plain) in English or Kiswahili, Mathematics, and any Humanity and a Science.
This is a shift from the previous norm where only those who had a mean grade of C-(minus) were taken directly with no specification being attached to any subject.
However, the candidates with disabilities and who have a KCSE mean grade of C-(minus) will be given priority in the recruitment process that has kicked off countrywide.
In the new curriculum, the teacher trainees will be in college for 3 years unlike before where they used to study for only 2 years, and a three-month micro-teaching course commonly known to many as teaching practice, which will also apply to those taking DECTE.
CBC focuses majorly on enlarging learners’ knowledge, experiences and imaginative understandings as well as the development of moral values for life-long learning, which necessitated the need to train the tutors to enable them coach the first cohort of Diploma teachers.
According to the CBC taskforce, pre-service Competency-Based Teacher Education (CBTE) will provide the education sector a valuable opportunity to train teachers on the CBC approach.
For effective implementation of the curriculum, the taskforce recommended that the education ministry ensures all tutors in pre-service teacher education training colleges are inducted on effective interpretation and implementation of the teacher education curriculum framework and designs.